I was born and raised in Cambridgeshire. After working for a number of years in banking, when I was 23 I headed off to the far East in search of adventure.
After spening 8 years in China, mostly running my own fine art business and having learned fluent Mandarin Chinese, I returned to Britain at the end of 2010.
When I came back I decided to embark a new specialised career path.
After some thinking I chose Watchmaking. It seemed to fit my skills:
- I had a good eye for detail
- I took pride in my work
- I was very patient
- I enjoyed technical things
- I liked the aesthetics of watches
- I enjoyed history and historical figures
- I liked to do something different
Watchmaking seemed like a romantic choice of career. It was a real skill, and felt like a proper job. It also seemed that the British Watchmaking industry was suffering, and this appealed to me as it gave me the impression that this was something that I could get my teeth into.
Having taken my first exams in 2011 with the British Horological Institute I gained high graded passes in all areas, and thankfully over the course of my studying I have been able to maintain a good standard of results.
In recognition of my efforts, the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers presented me with the prestigious Harrison bursary to support my studies, which was later replaced by a bursary from the George Daniels Education Trust.
After spending one year at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham, in 2012 I moved to Manchester where I spent one year at the British School of Watchmaking studying the WOSTEP course.
I currently live in Bolton near Manchester where I work for an independent watch company.
After having finished my 4th year BHI exams I hope to be able to take the additional modules to gain the FBHI title in 2015/16.
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