Upon my return from working in Iran in 1969, where I married my Persian wife, I was appointed general manager of the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi. It is a lovely hotel set in 35 acres of beautiful gardens. After three years, I was head hunted to open the Sixeighty Hotel in downtown Nairobi. It was then the largest hotel in sub Saharan Africa (with the exception of South Africa) and it was a very exciting project incorporating the then latest technology, which attracted interest from the teachers at the hotel management department of the Nairobi Polytechnic who would bring their students to see the latest hotel management techniques.
In 1975 the Swiss Hotel School, Kenya Utalii College (a Swiss Technical Aid Project gifted to Kenya) was opened by President Jomo Kenyatta. I had been asked to open it as its Director of Administration, a position I held for five years until I handed over to my old friend, Gerson Misumi, who is now a director of the Tamarind Restaurant and Hotel Group with particular responsibility for the Carnivore Restaurant.
During my ten wonderful and happy years in Nairobi my two daughters were born and my wife and I made many very good friendships amongst both the Kenyan and expatriate communities many of which have sustained until today.
Upon my return to London I joined the Royal Over-Seas League, first as its General Manager and later as its Director-General, during which time I was able to offer hospitality to members of the Kenya Society for their meetings, lunches and dinners.
I retired in 2011 and now chair the charity, Bridge of Hope (www.bridge-hope.org) which funds the education of disadvantaged young people in East Africa, India and Haiti. I am also a voluntary worker for the charity, Chain of Hope (www.chainofhope.org) which brings children with heart problems from developing countries to London for life saving heart surgery. I joined the Kenya Society Committee in 2000.