House and Years at Fettes:
Kimmerghame 1969 - 1973
Qualifications and career:
BSc Mechanical Engineering from UCL.
Marketing Management at Volvo and BMW to age 31.
Then spent the next 20 years building several Internet and IT businesses.
What is your most cherished memory from your time at Fettes?
Many good moments, but winning bigside colours probably up there.
And your least?
I wasn't the most cautious of pupils, so got into trouble occasionally with authority, although nothing serious.
What event or personality left a lasting impression on you?
Many people at Fettes influenced me in later life. I probably learned more about living and working with people from my peers than the institution itself, so the people I remember most were my contemporaries.
Were you awarded a scholarship at Fettes and, if so, what did it mean to you?
I received a Flett Bursary. Quite simply I wouldn't have been able to go to Fettes without it. I have always been grateful to have benefitted from someone else's generosity, so now I have the chance, I plan to repay it in turn.
Were you a conscientious student?
Not particularly I'm ashamed to admit. I was a last minute crammer. But I managed to get the grades I needed and went into an industrially sponsored 'thick sandwich' course prior to uni - which was a superb way of easing myself into a career, without really knowing what I wanted to do. Pretty quickly I realised 'marketing communications' was my destiny, which was when I also decided to work all hours and as diligently as I was able. If you like what you're doing, and it pays the rent, you automatically become more conscientious - it's now your reputation and livelihood on the line.
Outside the classroom, how did you spend your free time at Fettes?
Sport has always been a big part of my life. I would kick a ball around with mates, or take a tennis racquet onto the court to practise up against a wall if nobody was around for a game. Music was also a big part of my life at Fettes. Although I couldn't play an instrument, I'd spend all my money on records and concerts... But then those were the days of Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple!