A Very Basic CV

I am no fan of CVs – they smack too much of “management-speak” to me. I am not in need of employment, and have no business to promote. Nevertheless, here are some basics:

Born, Wallasey, Merseyside – where I still live.

Primary school in Wallasey.

Secondary school in Birkenhead – attained O Levels, A Levels, and a lifelong dislike of private schools!

University of Reading, and then Liverpool Polytechnic. Attained a B.Sc. (Hons) in Urban Estate Management.

Liverpool Polytechnic, part time. Attained a M.Phil. by research. Title should have been Urban Land Development and Social Needs, but for bureaucratic reasons was not.

Chartered Surveyor in private firm – rather an unorthodox one! Noone named Boughey now has any connection with this firm.

A Valuer for Wirral Borough Council, latterly in the Department of Property Services. Bought some properties for the Council, sold others. Joined NALGO and became a shop steward/staff representative.

A Senior lecturer at Birmingham Polytechnic (now called Birmingham City University). Joined NATFHE and became a shop steward/staff representative. Taught rating, compulsory purchase, valuation, property management and professional ethics.


A Senior Lecturer at Liverpool Polytechnic (then Liverpool John Moores University). Stayed in NATFHE (later amalgamated into UCU) and became a shop steward/staff representative. Taught estate management and later environmental management. In this period, developed and taught a wide range of subjects, to students on real estate management, commercial property management, building surveying, environmental management and environmental programmes. Subjects included property management, managing residential properties, housing policy and owner-occupation, “greening the built environment” (title of a book, but a useful one for a teaching module), property and planning studies, recreation amenity and conservation, environmental policy and regulation. Joined the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, of which I am still a formal member, albeit non-practising and retired.

Took voluntary severance from Liverpool JMU, with a very large sigh of relief. Remain in University and College Union, as NATFHE became; but inactive as retired member.

Full-time writer and (attempted) voluntary adult educator.

That’s the “day job”. Some other involvements:

1963-1974: Holiday and weekend canal boat trips with my father. A coda in 1977 and a short trip in August 1986 – sadly, the last one with Dad.

1964 – fl
Developing interest in waterways history.

1974 – fl
Developing interest in built environments and their history.

1990s – fl
Developing interest in natural environments.

1985 – fl
Member Railway and Canal Historical Society. On its Council 1992 – 2015.

Founder of the Waterways History Research Group of the Railway and Canal Historical Society, and first co-ordinator.

An Honorary Research Associate of the Institute of Railway Studies and Transport History, York (now renamed simply Institute of Railway Studies, but doesn’t include me).

2011 – fl
Trustee of the Raymond Williams Foundation.


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