I grew up and went to school in Wimbledon and then studied at universities in Wales and Oxford, taking degrees in Classics and Theology.
Following Ordination I served as Minister of United Reformed Churches in Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Berkshire.
My wife, Dorothy, and I moved to Verwood in 2005, delighted to find such a welcoming community and where we have both been active in the Verwood United Reformed Church where I was, in effect, locum Minister for eight years during time which I initiated the Foodbank Distribution Centre (linked with the Trussell Trust).
I was appointed a JP at the age of 28 and served as a Magistrate and in related roles with the Probation and Prison services. I have also been a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of a Housing Association with some 10,000 homes. I continue to serve on a number of Church and Charity boards and look forward to doing what I can to promote Verwood and Three Legged Cross as communities where everyone can enjoy living.