Mike Cooper

Mike Cooper was with IBM for 27 years, retiring in the early nineties. As a major sponsor for the 1996 Olympic Games, the company invited retirees to become volunteers, and Mike took advantage of this to go to Atlanta.

He has always had a passion for sport, and has run in the New York and London marathons. He is an enthusiastic cyclist, completing the Land's End to John O'Groats ride at the age of 71, raising over £7000 for charity. He has also cycled the length of the South Island New Zealand, and toured in Japan. He has frequently talked about these subjects as an after-dinner speaker.

At the age of 68 he became a full-time student, and obtained a BSc in geology at Gloucestershire University, and then moved on to Bristol University to do an MSc.

Mike trained as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and spent 10 years teaching foreign business executives 'Business English'. In addition to instructing on residential courses in the UK, he taught in Germany, Italy, France, Hungary and Poland.

For the past three years he has presented a weekly one-hour radio programme on local radio. It consists of interviews with people involved in the Rotary movement and other charities.

He lives near Stroud in Gloucestershire with his wife, Angela. They have two sons, a daughter and eight grandchildren.