John’s parents met in Egypt just after the Second World War, where they were married before travelling down to Mombasa on a troop ship with the British Army. John was born a couple of years later so, if it hadn’t have been for the war, the subsequent strong links to Kenya would not have occurred!
He attended primary school in Kenya before going to the UK for his secondary schooling and then on to Cambridge University where he met Anne. He qualified as a Management Accountant following his degree, having worked as a Financial Analyst with the Ford Motor Company. His first posting abroad was with the Commonwealth Development Corporation on an Oil Palm project in Popondetta in Papua New Guinea as the Chief Accountant and where Anne taught at the International School. Amazingly, she is still in touch with some of the children she used to teach, mostly now living in Australia.
They returned to the UK in 1979 and their first son was born in October 1980. When he was 14 months old, John took up a position as the Management Accountant at Mumias Sugar Company in Western Kenya. In 1984 he accepted a position in Nairobi at East African Packaging Industries, where he worked for 15 years, the last 7 years of which were as the C.E.O. of the company. In 1999 the family returned to the UK, by now with three sons, and John became the C.E.O. of The Eastern Africa Association, a position he still holds.
Following her experiences as an expatriate wife in both Papua New Guinea and Kenya, Anne now gives talks to various groups in order to raise money for a charity in Kenya, Panties with Purpose, which supports teenage schoolgirls with general and sexual health education and provides them with sanitary products. In addition to the fee she receives for these talks, she sells Kazuri Beads (another Kenya charity) to raise additional funds.
As a result of their strong links to Kenya, both John and Anne are active supporters of the Kenya Society.