Head Boy 1965-66

After Bedales, where did you study?

MA, Cambridge; MSc Agricultural Engineering, Reading

What is your current role?

Retired UN civil servant (Food & Agriculture Organisation)

Main positions of responsibility or influence in and out of the work place since leaving school

For the last 25 years of my working life I led multi-national, multi-skill teams designing and evaluating agricultural development projects in Africa and Asia.

What do you consider to be the most important attribute of leadership?

Confidence in one’s own understanding of a situation, which together with the ability to incorporate the views of others as appropriate, leads to decision making. Leadership in the international civil service arena is however often compromised by the need to conform, often for political rather than technical reasons.

Identify any role models (and their position) who helped shape your leadership approach?

Father (Principal, University College Cardiff).

In what way did your time at Bedales influence your education and career progression?

A good academic education helped me get into Cambridge; and a sense of community helped me try and understand the cultures, values and needs. This has I am sure helped me substantially  in my professional career.

What is your fondest memory of Bedales?

Meeting my wife, Louise Trueman (OB); and a practice run/training  for the 440 yds race  with my dorm boss, well after lights out one moonlit summer night.

What is your favourite pastime?

Fixing things around house, car and garden.

What is your proudest achievement?

Being elected a Liberal Councillor in Leamington Spa (1983) in a previously Tory ward.

We are grateful to Charles for responding to this survey in 2011 as part of a leadership study of former Bedales head boys and head girls.