In 1982, I took my 'A' level Geography exam (along with some others). I ended up with a grade 'C' (unlike our Secretary of State for Education I can remember my results, and I took them well before he did...).
I completed a BSc. (Hons) Geography degree at Huddersfield Polytechnic in 1985. In 1986-7 I completed a PGCE at Hull University, with Geography as my specialist subject. In 1987 I did some supply teaching, and then in January 1988 started teaching in Derbyshire - at John Flamsteed School, before a term at Eckington School on the edge of Sheffield LA. I then moved down to King Edward VII School in King's Lynn. I lived in King's Lynn and then Snettisham. In 1988 I joined the GA as Secondary Curriculum Leader as part of the Action Plan for Geography.
I feel very proud and humbled to have gone through the Presidential journey and following in the illustrious footsteps of former Presidents of the Geographical Association, which was founded in 1893. Thanks to those who have supported me in any way during my increasing involvement with the GA over the last 20 years or so.
It will be a privilege to support staff and volunteers and of course the GA members, and also to represent the GA at a number of events in the coming year. I am already booked in for 3 conferences and numerous branch events and other CPD events. Please get in touch if you have something you think might interest me. I am sure I will be receiving a great many more emails and WhatsApp messages in the coming year than I would have in a 'normal' year.
A few things:
For more on my biography you can check out my entry on the GA Presidents' blog. This has been ongoing for the last two and a half years and has a biography of all the past and present Presidents.
Finally, I have made my tweets @GeoBlogs public for the first time, so they can be retweeted and my followers will hopefully increase in order to magnify the work of the GA and its staff and volunteers through the next year. Will see how that goes.
Illustration copyright: the mighty Tom Morgan-Jones