Over the past year, I have been privileged to meet up with Dr John, an inspirational speaker. Most months we have been able to catch up over a cuppa in his home. Dr John and Sue, his wife, live in the UK and you can read all about their story in the website: http://johnbradshawtalks.co.uk/
I grew up in Zimbabwe during the civil war. After finishing school I was conscripted into the army and volunteered to join a specialist unit defusing booby trapped land-mines. During that time I was badly injured and am now totally blind.
After partially recovering from my injuries, I pursued an academic career. I obtained a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge and went on to teach university level Computer Science for several years. At the same time, I managed a large undergraduate residence at the University of the Witswatersrand, Johannesburg.
Following a successful career in the academic world, I returned to the family farm to pursue my dream. After 7 successful and happy years, we were evicted as part of Mugabe’s land redistribution programme, having been given just 24 hours to vacate the farm. We lost both our homes and our livelihoods.
Determined to stay in my beloved country, I returning to education, as headmaster at one of Zimbabwe’s leading independent schools, Watershed College. From there I was approached to head the top girls boarding school, Peterhouse Girls. I am told that I was the only totally blind headmaster running a “normal” school in the world.
In 2014 due to the continued difficult political situation and family commitments, I resigned as headmaster and moved to the UK with my wife Sue and Sabre, my guide dog. We now live in Sherborne, Dorset.
If you are based in the UK, then maybe you would like to arrange for Dr John to speak at your business or organisation or function. His desire is to inspire people to be generous in their relationships with iothers.