After completing an MA Hons degree in Psychology at Edinburgh University in 1989, I went on to teach English as a foreign language for a number of years. I started a small wholesale business in 1999 selling Japanese incense products and then went on to work as a freelance trainer in customer service and communications skills. I became a student of Indian meditation teacher Sri Chinmoy in 1989, whose philosophy inspired me to have a go at swimming the English Channel in 1994. I only made it about half-way across the first time but went on to complete it three years later and then vowed never to do it again as it had been so gruelling. Since then I’ve completed it a total of 11 times.