Where are you from:
Born in Perth – although Avril and I have lived in Edinburgh and Pitlochry, prior to returning to our home town in 1992.
Retired Director of External Affairs with Bank of Scotland, and presently Chairman of Live Active Leisure – the Leisure Trust for Perth & Kinross operating from 17 different sporting sites including Perth Leisure Pool, Bells Sports Centre and Dewars Centre, to the Community School Campuses. The Company has around 600 employees, many of whom are part time operating a few courses each week. Also, of course, President of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club 2012/13. Vice Chairman & Treasurer of the Perth Masters Bonspiel.
Age, family details:
Age 65, Married to Avril for 41 years with whom I have a daughter and son. Our daughter Debbie lives with her partner Ed in Glenfarg, and have our only grandchild, Josephine. Our son Barry is married to Lynn and lives in Twickenham, London.
What is your club:
Bank of Scotland Perth & District Curling Club. This is the only Curling Club of which I have been a member, and I was a founder member of this club 40 years ago.
Proudest achievement in curling:
Being installed as President of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, and being asked to Chair the successful World Junior Curling Championships in Perth in 2011. On the playing front – Winning the Perth Open Championship when it was run over two weeks with 164 rinks involved – we reached three finals in 4 years in the late 70s and early 80s, or the two silver medals won at the RCCC Rink Championships.
What are you doing now in curling:
President and Board Member of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Administrator of the Mercure Perth Masters Bonspiel.
What motivated you to come on tour:
Having been a tourist in 2003 on the Centenary Strathcona Cup Tour of Canada, I was delighted to be asked by the Board and Area Standing Committee of the Royal Club to take on the role as Non Playing Captain. I hope that my previous experience will have helped in the organisation and the ultimate success of the 2013 Tour.
What are you most looking forward to during the tour:
I am looking forward to seeing first hand the enjoyment that every tourist will experience throughout this wonderful journey, and I am also looking forward to meeting many old friends from the 2003 Tour.
Any specific roles in the tour planning and/or during the tour:
I think that the role of the Captain is to create harmony, guide the team through the various obstacles that are put in your way, and to be the glue that holds things together when the going gets tough. I would at this point like to thank those people involved in the various aspects of the planning, who can all be very proud of their input. During the Tour, I hope that I will be able to relax and enjoy the moment.
I enjoy playing golf, only watching football now, travel and gardening.