Bill’s Bio

Grew up on a farm near Kitale, boarded  at Loreto Convent Eldoret from the tender age of 5.

Kitale Primary 1954 to 1960

Duke of York/ Lenana 1961 to 1966. Head of Grogan House. (Head of School Term 3) Combined Schools rugby, vice captain hockey and cricket. Known as “Bill” at school (from “Hilly >Billy >Bill”) Friendly teachers often mistakenly called me William.

University of Cape Town 1968 to 1970. Married Gail (nee MacLeod) in1972. She was a pre-school teacher at Kaptagat. At the time I was teaching at Manor House Kitale.

Left Kenya in 1973, postgraduate studies at London University.

1977 headed up to Scotland, and spent 9 happy years teaching at Rannoch School, in the picturesque Highlands. Had  neglected my fitness but in the early 80s became caught up in the running craze. Completed 8 marathons, including London, and became the first race director of the Loch Rannoch Marathon.

1986 migrated to Western Australia. 22 years with the Adult Migrant English Program in Perth -lecturing and later a program manager. Retired in 2008, moved to Bunbury, in the south west of WA.

Update: Gail continues her interest in singing fostered as a soloist at the “Boma”. Younger son Ross Deputy Head at a high school married, four children. Elder son Robin having obtained a master’s in early music in Melbourne, teaches instrumental music in Perth, one son.

I attempt to keep old age at bay by walking, going to the gym and playing pickleball (the fastest growing sport in Australia). I owe it to myself to keep fit, having had a quadruple heart bypass operation in 2004.

Gail and I are fortunate to be able to see more of this amazingly beautiful and diverse country. We have covered more than 100,000 km travelling through all of the Australian states in camper vans and our current caravan.