David's story

David spent much of his working life helping the police solve major crime cases using pioneering technology. Now he’s making the most of retirement by sharing his experience with eager audiences of all ages.

“When I first started working with the police, I was a young computer programmer developing a new major incident system. On this project and first case, I met an officer who told me he knew nothing about computers. I told him: I know nothing about murders! I knew we’d get on.”

New chapters

A few years later, David’s now publishing his fourth crime novel*. With plenty of stories to share, and the encouragement of his wife, David also began giving talks about his years spent in the incident rooms – as well as guest speaking on cruise ships. Public speaking came quite naturally to him:

“I was no stranger to standing up and talking, it’s just a different audience and a different topic now,” he says.

David has shown that retirement doesn’t have to mean retiring your knowledge and experience, and using your skills in different ways could mean a whole new career path for you.

*David McCaddon’s latest book, A Question of Time, is available on Amazon.


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