I qualified as a doctor 30 years ago following an initial career in system analysis and a science degree. Medicine initially directed me towards hospital specialities focusing on rheumatology, but the arrival of children redirected me towards general practice. I was fortunate to be able to continue practicing rheumatology as a GP with special interest and also become involved in education and clinical leadership. Until recently I have been a partner at Living Well Partnership but I have taken retirement and now help out from the sidelines. In addition to being a GP, I am a medical appraiser and an executive coach and mentor which continues my desire to help people develop their careers.