Dave Courteen – lives in deepest Suffolk with his gorgeous wife Miranda and two wonderful daughters, Rose and Millie, and Stanley the dog. Having played football and cricket for most of his life, Dave rediscovered his love of tennis when his two daughters started to learn to play and now enjoys a game with anyone prepared to give him a game at either of the two Clubs he belongs to. Having set up his Mosaic Health Clubs & Spa business with his best friend, Steve Taylor, straight out of university, it’s been a challenging and amazing journey over the last thirty odd years. What he loves most about Mosaic Health Clubs & Spas is watching employees grow and develop from the training and mentoring they provide, and hearing first-hand how they have exceeded the members and spa guests’ expectations. The art of great customer service has always fascinated him.
This is his second book having already written a diary style blog of his wife’s battle with breast cancer which was turned into a book – The Last Chocolate Brownie – and published in 2012. He also enjoys a bit of photography and spending two days a week in Shrewsbury working with the team who operate The Shrewsbury Club, a health and tennis club that is part of the Mosaic group.
Richard Dawson – Entering his third decade working in photography, Richard started his career in a photographic darkroom learning his craft. He has developed his own unique style of photography which has attracted local and national companies as clients as well as having work published in magazine and newspapers. Sport plays a big part in his job and he’s been the official photographer at the International Tennis Federation/Lawn Tennis Association Tennis tournaments since 2012. Away from photography, Richard enjoys walking his slightly potty Springer Spaniel and cycling around the Shropshire lanes. Check out his latest work at www.richarddawson.org.
Kate Taylor – Founding director of the independent publisher Middle Farm Press, Kate has worked as a writer and managing editor for nearly 20 years. She has worked for several well-known publishers and lived in London, New York and Rome before settling in Shropshire. She does editorial consultancy work for various clients such as the United Nations. Writing all manner of content, from a series of books on communities in Britain to a weekly supplement for the Sunday Telegraph and Disney, to website content for several high-profile charities, Kate brings a wealth of experience with her. Kate lives with husband Nick, children Luca and Ana and rescue pointer Jetsy.
Andrew G Stewart – A veteran of the creative industry, Andrew is a black belt designer (also a black belt in the obscure Korean martial art Kuk Sool Won). From the time he bought his first Nikes in 1987 and before a career in the creative industry, he’s been intrigued by the power and influence of design and what he now knows to be the art of branding. Andrew has spent the last 3 decades working with international finance companies, a global energy giant, UK Government and more recently, championing causes in the third sector, where the charitable and faith-based organisations dwell. Andrew loves his fat Labrador dog ‘Popcorn’, a tiny island in the Aegean called Paxos and his family. He lives in the beautiful county of Suffolk with his lovely wife Andrea, son Loui and two cats Hugo and Teddy.