Initially as finance manager and subsequently as general manager I have worked in various manufacturing and distribution companies throughout the world. For the last 18 years I have worked as a business consultant and been running my own company.
A number of years ago I began research with a view to writing a history of the Greek island of Euboea, where I live. Whilst its pre-historic and classical history have been well-documented and covered by historians ancient and modern, most records of the late medieval period, when it was controlled by Latin and Venetian overlords, perished with its annexation by the Ottomans at the end of the 15th century. This left a fascinating gap, which I believed could to some extent be filled by an understanding of the hundreds of monuments that survive from the period.
There followed two years of general research, mainly at the British School at Athens, and evening classes in medieval Latin palaeography at the Centre for Byzantine Research, also in Athens, prior to preparing a research proposal and enrolling at the University Birmingham.