Born and bred in Bristol, I left at the ripe age of 18 to study at Didsbury College in Manchester with the aim of becoming a history teacher. Having rapidly discovered an allergy to other people's kids I become an archaeologist instead. In 1979 I settled in France, joined the ELT world and have remained here ever since, the last 19 years in Nantes, a beautiful city on the West Coast.
Having done the standard language school network, an interest in ESP brought me to the University of Nantes where I worked largely with the Biology Departement and the IUP Chimie-Biology. In 1996 I obteined an MSc in English for Specific Purposes at Aston University and then did doctoral studies in Corpus Linguistics in Nantes where I was duly "doctored" in December 1999. After obtaining my PhD I got a job lecturing in the Université de Bretagne-Sud, Lorient. UBS is a young dynamic university with lots of potential to develop new projects, so as I am also young and dynamic with plenty of new projects in Corpus Linguistics that is where I shall stay.