I am a retired zoologist and vegetarian with a concern for the planet. I studied Biology at Queen Mary, University of London and completed my doctorate at Royal Holloway, University of London. After ten years of post-doctoral research into bone metabolism I joined the pharmaceutical industry, culminating in becoming Director of the Division of Clinical Trials and Associate Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dis-satisfied with the rat race which is corporate America, I moved to Scotland and thanks to my daughter’s creativity, founded Highland Titles as our response to the destruction of the Caledonian forest. It may not be the whole solution, but we should all do what we can.
In 2006, for family reasons, I moved to the Bailiwick of Guernsey, a crown dependency in the English Channel. My family are Guernseymen. My 12th Great Grandfather was Raulin Falla (1475-1525) and I was needed back home. But my heart is still in the highlands and Highland Titles continues to work exclusively in the Celtic fringe, mainly in Scotland but more recently also in Ireland, which faces similar problems.
My wife, Helen, is a barrister and retired senior Crown Prosecutor. Both my children work for Highland Titles and live in the Bailiwick. We are all thrilled, more than fifteen years after starting Highland Titles (2006) with nothing but optimism, to have shared our passion for Scotland with over 350,000 people all over the world. Our website has been translated into twelve different languages, reflecting sales in over 120 countries. Our buckler logo reflects the hope that great oaks will grow from tiny acorns; indeed they already have.
I welcome comments on all my posts; including suggestions for how we could do better. Encouragement or criticism, all opinions are welcome. But please keep all comments courteous and relevant.