My name is Thomas Rochford and this is a picture of me in what was formerly the Chardin Park in Isfahan. I was born in 1947 and studied classics at Ampleforth College, Yorkshire, England. I read Law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and then joined the family horticultural business, which I took over the managing directorship of in 1974, after obtaining a Diploma in Management Studies.

When the business was sold in 1984, I took the opportunity to renew my interest in mediaeval mysticism, researching into Hildegard of Bingen and Joachim of Fiore at the Warburg Institute in London. At the same time I studied for an HND in computing at what was then Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology. In 1987 I took up the offer of a part time post at the College to run a short course department, and this led later to a full time appointment. Subsequently I was appointed Head of Computer Services at the College in Cambridge and, following the merger with Chelmsford Institute of Higher Education to form Anglia Ruskin University, I was offered the post of Head of the new University Computer Service. I currently work as an Associate Director in Communications and Information Technology Services at the University but have been served notice of redundancy with effect from May 31st 2007.

I am married to an Iranian wife who has introduced me to the culture and architecture of her country, and the care and love of her family, many of whom live in or near Isfahan. I speak good German and can make myself understood in Farsi. In addition to running C&IT for the University, I have written books on horticulture and have a sound knowledge of programming in various languages including C++ and Perl.

You can mail me at with any constructive suggestions, details of missing links or comments.

Last Updated July 24, 2006