About me

I’m British and I live in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. I’ve lived here since 1994 and before Malaysia I lived in Bahrain, Oman, France and the UK. I’ve been fortunate to travel all over the world for both work and pleasure.

Most people who come here fall in love with the country and I am no exception. Malaysia is a blessed country with extensive natural resources, including oil, tin, coal, fish and of course farmed resources such as oil palm and rubber, as well as the most valuable resource of all, water. Plus coffee, cocoa, pepper, tropical fruits and an abundance of fish off its hundreds of miles of beautiful beaches. It is a cultural melting pot that is evolving at a breathtaking pace. But its greatest resource is its people. If Malaysians can cope with the pace of change, Malaysia will have a role to play in a world at which Asia is the heart. I feel privileged to be here to witness this evolution.

I’m married to my long suffering and breathtakingly beautiful, intelligent and tolerant Malaysian wife and we have 3 children.

I also have a vested interest in the future success of Malaysia because my children are growing up as Malaysians. I may not be able to vote but I have the skills to help Malaysian firms move from OEM to OBM, a move they must make to flourish in the new economy. Furthermore, technology gives me a platform to contribute.

We also own two crazy alley cats called Leon and Ollie who are brothers and were rescued from a monsoon drain as well as a gorgeous and good natured golden retriever called Lily.

I enjoy Rugby, Cricket, Tennis, humour and combative conversation, preferably, but not always, in that order!

Do I miss anything about England? Yes, undoubtedly the summer. Edith Wharton sums it up best: Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.

Disclaimer, one other thing, all the articles on this site are without prejudice.

19 thoughts on “About me

  1. Saw your comments on AdAge. I’m in the USA and I received a graduate degree in Advertising/Creative Brand Management from the VCU Brandcenter (Richmond, Va) so branding is a passion of mine…..I will definitely bookmark your blog.

    • Hi
      Thanks for taking the time to post a comment.

      I’m not sure if you received your degree recently, but if you did, congratulations! Now it’s time to go out to work so you can pay dad back!

  2. Great blog. I like the honest views on some of the “brand management” one finds here in Malaysia. There are a few posts that would be highly valuable for some clients. Hopefully they will soon embrace the power of a brand and get it “all right”.

    Best Regards

    Stefan Pertz
    Launchpad

  3. Hi, it seems like you have vast experience and expertise in the field. May i know how do i contact you for some collaborations?

  4. great articles. i love to read it. thanks to share your inside thoughts.

    it would be great, if the article are linked with facebook. (share).

    Cheers
    NK.

  5. Hi, my colleague Sue just passed me your note on Twitter about a possible book. Do you want to let me have your contacts details and I’ll be happy to chat about it. Thanks, Jonathan

  6. Great blog. I like the honest views on some of the “brand management” one finds here in Malaysia. There are a few posts that would be highly valuable for some clients. Hopefully they will soon embrace the power of a brand and get it “all right”.
    +1

  7. This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I’ve joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your great post. Also, I’ve shared your site in my social networks!

  8. Hi,

    I’m a Malaysian currently furthering my tertiary studies in the U.S.

    By random chance I stumbled across this blog and am fascinated by the interesting insights that you write about. Keep up and maybe some day we’ll have a chat at the local mamak when I’m back from the land of burgers.

    Cheers,

    Jun.

    • Hi Bernard

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog, reading the content and posting such positive comments.

      I would be interested to learn more about your work and branding in the Philippines. I tried to access your website but couldn’t get in. Do let me know when I can access it.

      Best regards

      Marcus

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