My interest in the education of others has a very long pedigree. It stems from the life chances and successes I have had. One of those being fortunate enough to have benefited from a good education funded by the state, but in humble origins.


As a kid I delivered newspapers and worked on markets. It was what kids from docklands did but in my case in the smogs of London. A piece of legislation in 1956 was an attempt to do good and clean up our air. It was a start, but the work never finishes, and the law of unintended consequences seems always to apply.