I was born and raised in Portsmouth, England, educated at Cambridge University (pre-clinical) and The Westminster Hospital Medical School (clinical). At Cambridge, I joined the university diving club and remained a passionately keen diver for 55 years before retiring in 2017 for physical reasons (post-polio). Most of the first decade of my diving career was devoted to scientific diving with involvement in a variety of marine biological, diving medical and physical sciences research, including our undergraduate team winning the first ever Duke of Edinburgh Award for diving science in 1965. With plans to enter diving medicine, my professor of surgery advised me to obtain a specialty qualification first and so I trained in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine. For the next 35 years, the OR and ICU were the mainstream of my career, with diving medicine being what Enrico Camporesi once described to me as a “Saturday morning project”. After working in Sweden and the USA, my family immigrated to New Zealand in the late 1970s and settled in Christchurch, where for 12 years I was Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia at the Christchurch School of Medicine of the University of Otago. My MD thesis was based on a series of clinical studies of anaesthesia for emergency and elective hip surgery. From 1979, Christchurch had a recompression chamber, which we manned voluntarily and largely unpaid for the next 16 years. Then in 1996, a formal hyperbaric service was established, for which I was Medical Director until I retired from clinical practice in 2009. Between 2004 and 2008, I was appointed Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Auckland to deliver a level-7, distance-learning-based post-graduate diploma in diving and hyperbaric medicine which, sadly, is now in abeyance. I succeeded John Knight as Editor of the SPUMS Journal in 2002. This morphed into the Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine (DHM) Journal in 2007. Then in 2008, SPUMS and EUBS joined forces as joint publishers of DHM and I have remained as the Editor-in-Chief, retiring finally at the end of 2018, when Simon Mitchell takes over as Editor.

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