Born in a Yorkshire mining village, I made my first journey to London at the age of 14 to represent England schoolboys at rugby, playing against Wales at Twickenham.

I had the DNA of an athlete and won gold medals at under-19 level in the Yorkshire and the North of England 100 and 200 meters final. I won bronze in the All England Schools 100 meters final in 1971.

Loughborough Colleges followed and by the age of 22 I had qualified as a schoolteacher, was representing Harlequins and running out at Twickenham in front of 70,000 people.

Nothing lasts forever and my fitness waned. I enrolled in 1981 at the College of Estate Management ( got married and two children, as you do) to take the evening class route with three years of exams to qualify as a Chartered Surveyor.

I gained my Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors certificate (ARICS) on 23rd May 1985.

Not satisfied with being a manager in a large West End practice I set up my own company on 1st December 1987. TLG (The Lambert Group Ltd) became my holding company for ventures new. A construction company with brother Michael, a property investment and development company evolved into a surveying practice and over the following 15 years, with the support of a loyal and hard working team, we built Lamberts Chartered Surveyors into a top 100 firm of UK surveyors and were in the UK's top 10 firms for fees earned per surveyor. Phew!

I obtained sponsorship to attend the London Business School for a twelve month business growth programme and lectured at City University London on property management.

We lived and brought up our children in Islington. I became President of Islington Chamber of Commerce (1999-2000) and even ran a teaching programme for bank managers to assist in the understanding of commercial property. I taught mini-rugby on Sunday mornings.

I moved to Dartmouth Devon in 2000 and I retrained as a RYA Ocean Sailing Instructor before building our sailing business Devon Sailing Limited.

I sold my majority share holding in the Lamberts Surveyors in 2004 and two years later sold our sailing business but retained our flagship yacht Frangi - we even appeared on the BBC holiday show (I am quietly mentoring in the background). Whilst in Dartmouth I became chair of the River Dart Commercial Users Group, a stakeholder group for commercial (fishing, leisure and pleasure) users on the river. I held this post for four years from 2006-2010.

2010 saw a move to Sherborne Dorset and a kind of semi-retirement. In 2012 I got bored, so completed a foundation course in Psychotherapy and Counseling in addition to qualifying as a civil, commercial and family mediator.

In 2015, i my wife and I finaly split after 37 years of marriage and instead of returning to London I made Sherborne my home, moved my trusty old Yacht Frangi on the River Dart.

November 2016 saw me builing my personal trainer work; writing a month 'Folk Tales' blog for the Sherborne Times and a weekly radio show on

Married to Sheila in December 2017 and open for business in 2018.

Have a good year..