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Born in Sarawak, school in UK, second degree HK, family from Ireland, family base Sri Lanka, working in VN for 11 years with wildlife conservation and watersports.
In Vietnam: Set up Wildlife at Risk in 2003 (www.wildlifeatrisk.org), MANTA Sail Training Centre in 2010, after pilot projects in Con Dao (mantasailing.org). Initially training national team and HCMC sports uni with set up of annual regattas.
Helped Vietnam join the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) in May 2012. Instructed by Minister of Sport to take national team for training in Indonesia in June-July 2012 with Olympic Solidarity funding. Given an International Olympic Committee scholarship to draw Vietnam's national sailing plan for sailing (kiteboarding, windsurfing, dinghy-keelboat and disabled sailing) delivered November 2012.
Won International Olympic Committee Olympic Solidarity funding in 2012 and 2013 to help deliver Vietnam's 1st ISAF Level 1 Technical Course for Coaches for national development.
Earned by reviewing a place that wins a Travellers' Choice Award in 2015. The Travellers' Choice Awards honor the best hotels, attractions, restaurants and destinations worldwide, based on millions of traveller reviews.