Born in Surrey and educated at Beauchamps Grammar School in Leicestershire and Bushey Grammar School in Hertfordshire before obtaining a degree in Chemistry at the University of Aston in Birmingham. Early military career as a young officer in airborne forces before accepting a commission in the Royal Navy, training as a submarine officer, serving in both diesel and nuclear powered submarines. Staff College trained (Greenwich and Canberra), commanded three warships before holding various staff appointments with Flag Officer Submarines and afloat on the Battle Staffs of both Commander UK Task Group and Commander Amphibious Task Group. NATO staff appointments included UK, Norway, Italy, Portugal and the US.
Now fully retired from the military, assists in the running of a busy post office, south of Stafford. I am a Swynnerton Parish Councillor and In this capacity, instilled the culture of a pro-active approach to Parish issues, bringing about two new play areas for the under 12yrs – at Yarnfield and Tittensor, a commemorative rose garden dedicated to the Swynnerton Roses (the girls who served at the ammunitions manufacturing facility at the (now) Swynnerton Army Training Camp) and the new development in Swynnerton by Stafford and Rural Housing – a rural exemption site prioritized for local people. I have a passion for rural affairs and will fight to retain (and if necessary, introduce new) essential services for the Ward and am against any development unless an identifiable need can be proven.