Home – Welcome

Feb 09 2015_3843cWelcome to my personal website.

I have created this site as a place to put some of the fruits of my work over the last 50 years in the public domain.  I have been prompted to create it by colleagues  who have asked for copies of documents and reports which I have written in the past but which are no longer available online, or in print.  So it began as a repository of documents, published and unpublished, with a certain amount of commentary, but is also includes a blog, to provide an outlet (if only for me) for my thoughts on current issues.

For the last 52 years I have worked as a teacher, manager, researcher and writer in a range of fields, principally adult education / lifelong learning in all its forms, and more recently studying the implications of an ageing society. For most of the last 30 years I have been involved in commenting on, and perhaps influencing public policy in these fields.

I am now retired from paid work, but I am still the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Joint Programming Initiative on Demographic Change (“More years: Better lives”). Recently I have been increasingly active in politics, in the Labour Party,  and in campaigns for proportional representation and for the UK to remain in the European Union as Vice-Chair of Norfolk for Europe https://norfolk4europe.org/   

You can find my thoughts and links to work and documents on each of the main themes by clicking on the menu buttons at the top of the page.  If you want to know where I learned what I know about these issues you can find a short CV, and a list of some books which have influenced me. None of it could have been achieved without the support of friends and colleagues some of whom are listed here,  the influence of my father, John McNair,  my mother, Irene McNair , and the support of my wife Margaret for over 50 years .

Apart from the list of books I have read, I was the main or joint author of everything listed. I don’t believe that I have infringed anyone’s copyright, but if you think I  have, please let me know through the form below. I hope you find the website interesting and useful (and in case you are wondering, although I am now well past 70, the image at the top is not a sunset, but the sun rising symbolically from my bedroom window!)