From the age of 14 years Bernie has played the accordion, and now leads a small ceilidh band. He also teaches ceilidh dancing as exercise classes in fitness centres and lays on dementia-friendly Scottish music shows in care homes.
Bernie is a former senior army signals officer with a wealth of international experience working with both NATO and the UN. During his service he went to sea with the Royal Navy, flew with the Luftwaffe and completed the French commando course.
Since leaving the army, Bernie has worked in Saudi Arabia, as business tutor at Fife College and as a recruitment consultant.