Max Wheel. I am a business consultant and freelance writer based in Cambridge UK. I worked in the financial services industry for over 30 years, in commercial, investment banking and in insurance at Lloyd’s. (yeah, yeah but not paid the fat cat salary!). I hold an Economics degree from the University of Leeds (clearly not much of which is relevant now) and speak a number of European languages: some well, others modestly. I initially started this blog because I felt strongly that the public was being misled over the economic issues of the day, both Graham and I wrote pieces for the dailies. I saw much of the chaos at first hand in Latin America’s so-called lost decade of the 1980s and realised we had not only learned nothing but seem to have forgotten everything.
I felt strongly that much information and news was opinion passed off as fact and deserved to be challenged. I work as a Volunteer Business mentor for The Prince’s Trust charity in Cambridgeshire. When not at work I spend my time bird-watching and endlessly repairing a narrowboat.
Graham Reid. Like Max, my career was in financial services for 35 years encompassing Private Banking, Insurance, Investments, Tax consultancy, and latterly in Risk assessment and mitigation. Academically, my speciality is Mathematics, a mind broadening experience that has helped me to question perceived wisdom and search for new solutions better equipped to provide real answers to complex problems.
As author, and co-author with Max, of numerous articles on solutions to the current economic fiasco, I maintain my day-to day interest in attempting to point political and economic thinking in a positive direction towards a more stable financial world. Now living in France, I have ample time to pause for thought in between investigating the wines of Bordeaux and St. Emilion.