I was born in Bombay - India in 1939. Educated initially at a primary school in Southern India - In the Nilgiri Hills - I was then sent at the tender age of nine to a junior boarding school in England.
Two years later I graduated to the Senior School - a Public School where I enjoyed five most enjoyable years, culminating in my appointment as Captain of the School. During my term at the College I Captained the School at Rugby - Hockey - Tennis - Athletics - and was Vice Captain of the college Cricket Team. I was fortunate to have won five gold medals at the annual all England schools athletic championships - having held the Long Jump record - and being credited as the first schoolboy to break the 10sec barrier for the 100yds. I was also selected to play in the first ever England Schools Hockey Team against Ireland in Dublin and scored the equalising goal some 5mins from the end of play. In 1964 I was short listed for the Tokyo Olympics - but.......that's another story!
I went on to serve an engineering apprenticeship with a multi national company before taking up my first posting with an International trading Company. Two years later, we had formed our own International Trading Company - Martin Powell (International) Ltd and whilst the company traded worldwide I spent many exciting and eventful years in Pakistan where my first two daughters Alison and Pamela were born.
I returned to the UK - where our youngest daughter Jenny was born - and in conjunction with my father and brother acquired a small company manufactuting accessories for the dry cleaning industry. We developed new products and our line of Audio accessories was soon well known, received and respected worldwide - winning the coveted Japanese Grand Prix award. We expanded further - this time into the flooring business and within a few years had tripled the turnover of this company, before its disposal to a plc company.
My wife and I have now retired to sunny Lagos in Portugal - where we are enjoying life to the full. We both play and enjoy our golf - and with visits from family and friends, there is never a dull moment.