As a resident of both Gillingham and Shaftesbury, I have lived in the county of Dorset for ten years.
I served in the Royal Navy for twenty-five marvellous years, leaving with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. During my naval career, I saw service in the 1982 Falklands War (HMS Sheffield) as well as serving on the ground wearing the UN blue beret during the aftermath of the break-up of the Former Republic of Yugoslavia. I spent my final three years in the RN as the nuclear deterrent operational planning officer in the London headquarters.
On leaving the RN I became an NHS senior manager for some years prior to qualifying as a financial and mortgage advisor and gaining a law degree from the Open University.
I also co-own and edit The Economic Voice, an online news resource.
I am a proud father and grandfather of three daughters and three grandsons!
A young 59 years old, I believe in keeping active so can be found three or four evenings a week in my local gym.
Together with a bachelor’s degree in law, I have a post-graduate diploma in management studies, a certificate in social sciences and am a member of the Chartered Management Institute.