Malcolm Mercer has had over 50 years of practical experience in education and development in roughly 70 countries, starting off as a remedial teacher in an English secondary technical modern school and later going on as a volunteer to work in a teacher training college in Nigeria at the beginning of 1972. After being an education planner with an NGO in West Africa for five years and then teaching at the University of Leeds for six or so years, as a consultant he prepared, appraised, monitored and evaluated primary, secondary, higher and teacher education, TVET and education management programmes. He also assisted in the preparation of medium-term national education plans. As team leader, he led the preparation, review, analysis and evaluation of education sector programmes assisted by prominent national and international development agencies. He became a member of BAICE at its inception and was its Treasurer for 10 years. While retaining a keen interest in education, particularly for those with limited financial or political means, he has now turned more to the delights of walking with friends in the Welsh hills, and in archaeology and scuba diving in warmer climes.