After a couple of years teaching in the state sector I began teaching at the King's School in Macclesfield in 1968 and was promoted to the Head of the Art Department in 1973. Significant changes to the school over that period kept me there. The Art Department grew from a two man department on one site to a five staff department on two sites. The age range of pupils taught was from 7 to 18. There was a particularly good art sixth form that fed a series of Art Schools in the region and further afield. As a contribution to the community the Art Department organised an annual exhibition to which local, national and international artists were invited to exhibit. Its reputation grew and provided a sound teaching platform for the school's pupils.

I retired in 2003 after thirty five years and relocated from the foothills of the Peak District in East Cheshire to the South East coast of Northumberland - to a small seaside village called Newbiggin by the Sea where I was able to contribute my experience in art to the considerable regeneration programme that was underway.