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Geoff was brought up on a small family farm in South Armagh, N. Ireland, he read biology in Liverpool and followed it with a range of post graduate qualifications in Health & Safety and management including a sleepless MBA. His doctorate concerned the strategic business value of social networks.

Today Geoff is an executive Director at BASF plc (the world’s largest technology & chemicals business) with a portfolio including sustainability, communications and external affairs. As a trustee and non-exec he also advises a wide range of strategic and tactical groups in sectors including science, environment and education.

Historically, he has been paid (occasionally working) as a bouncer (N. West), research scientist (mid Wales), sports coach (Midlands), bingo hall manager (N. East), HSE inspector (Yorkshire), bar manager (N. Ireland), PR adviser (Cambs), trainer (London) and ran his own consultancy (Shrops).

In his 'spare time' Geoff played rugby for Waterloo and Halifax; American Football in America and Australia; has sung and danced(!) with operatic societies; represented Breconshire at athletics; and is a published poet. He once won an award for his writing, and raises substantial charitable donations standing on his hind legs in public and talking…

Well known at the Rotary podium, Geoff has served three Districts, RIBI and RI in a wide range of posts. He is a Bequest Society member, a GSE scholar and Past Rotaract Chairman GB&I; he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship in 2004 and in 2005 was honoured to receive an RI Service Above Self Award.

He lives with his long suffering wife Luisa and their two sons, Alexander (13) and Nicolas (10) in rural Staffordshire and enjoys a full life to the full.….