I'm a pharmacist turned lab scientist, who managed the Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory (SMTL), based in Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, South Wales until March 2022. I am now semi-retired, working as Technical Director at SMTL.
Married to Karen, with three children (Rhys, Carys & Sian), I live in the village of Laleston, just outside Bridgend in South Wales. Graduating as a pharmacist from the London School of Pharmacy in 1981, I did my pre-registration at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead before moving back to South Wales in 1983.
Workwise, my interests span medical gloves, urinary catheters, surgical instruments, surgical dressings, and other types of medical devices. I'm also a UNIX/GNU linux afficianado, having used UNIX-like systems since the lab bought its first one in 1987.
Outside of the lab, I am a jazz pianist with the Blackhawk Big Band and my own South Wales based jazz quintet "detox", a regular swimmer, and enthusiastic cook.
I have a reasonable collection of keyboards, synthesisers, sequencers etc. Friends are astonished that my wife tolerates them all, and are surprised to learn that, contrary to most wives, she doesn’t mind boxes of cables, music stands, pedals, keyboards and music charts cluttering up the house, nor the inconvenience of never being able to go out because I have a gig or rehearsal.
Most of the stuff I stick on the web is in the blog site
gnupg/pgp key BD8297F6
gnupg fingerprint:4A12 1A58 68ED BF5E 13AD B360 078D F9B2 BD82 97F6