Freelance profile

david blackburn

A freelance researcher and writer based in Northumberland. GUYANA is a specialist project. I have met The Ambassador in London with a view to meeting key government ministers and The President when I visit for a month in February. He is supporting my efforts to highlight GUYANA as the country with the most exciting chance of protecting the rain forests, enriching its people whilst prospering from off shore oil of huge significance to the global industry. I am backpacking South America on a shoestring for 3 months this year (Sept-Dec 2019).

Contact details:

Street: 1 Easter Wynd
Town: Berwick-upon-tweed
Postcode: td15 1dt
Region/nation: Northern and North-East
Country: United Kingdom
Also find me on: Facebook
Telephone: +447872011323


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  • Travel/tourism
  • Industry
  • Drugs
  • Crime

Profile last updated: 2019-09-18 09:49:39

Extra information:

In April 2019 I became a Freelance Journalist targeting tourism, travel and general ‘features’ of interest (NUJ membership No 061620).

Over the last 5 years I have been proprietor of a popular ice cream kiosk (The Loovre), Santa Claus in Lapland, Finland, elected Town Councillor, Dep.Chair of Chamber of Trade and tourist guide.


 In 2018 I was chairman/creator of Tweed 1000, a project to celebrate and commemorate 1000 years of Berwick Upon Tweed history. A tapestry was unveiled by The Duke of Northumberland and Earl Home in March of this year.

·         Over the past 10 years I have also worked as an itinerant ice cream salesman, care worker, pallbearer, taxi driver, shop assistant, warehouseman, document agent, electrician, plumber, pizza deliveryman/driver, author/writer campaigner, film supporting actor and hypno-pychotherapist.




Police Officer .                          West Midlands Police  and Royal Hong Kong Police  (1970-1980)

Student.                                      Law    (1981-1984)

Insurance Loss Adjuster.            U.K. and Jamaica     (1984-1996)

Co. Director/Loss Adjuster.       Indonesia    (1997-2003)

Operations/Quality Assurance.  Central Europe, Middle East and Africa    (2003-2007)


Training Courses

- Part P Electrician and 2391 Inspector

-Basic Adult Teacher Training

-Solar Energy Course- Centre of Alternative Technology, Wales.

-City and Guilds Level 2 Plumbing

-Theory/Practice Criminal Investigation.

-Senior Police Officer Command Course.

-Cantonese Language.

-Negotiation and Mediation.

-Diploma Hypno Psychotherapy – Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham


Personal Achievements and Interests

Associate of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters and also the Insurance Institute. 

Associate of Assoc of Conflict Resolution (U.S)

Associate of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award..

College Student Union President.

100 mile canoe test.

10 Tors Dartmoor – Arduous

Society for the Protection of Life Against Fire Award

Commonwealth Expedition to India (Comex IV).

President of the Insurance Institute of Northamptonshire.

Rotary International- Gambir

Published Autobiography, ‘Stand and be Counted’ (Blackhall Publishing- ISBN 978-0-9576187-0-1)

Berwick in Bloom Trophy

Dog Friendly Business Award

Northumberland Ambassador -Tourism