I grew up in Dorset, which is where my interest in politics began – supporting my Mum’s electoral ambitions to serve as local Councillor.
I graduated from Cambridge having studied Physics and Electrical Sciences and began my career in the automotive and transportation sectors specialising in technology and particularly environmental innovation. Throughout my career I have served at Manager, Director and Managing Director level at various multinational companies including Motorola and Ricardo plc. I have worked internationally on projects, including the development of hybrid cars and more recently on a feasibility study for hydrogen powered trains in Canada.
I moved to Central Bedfordshire over 25 years ago and together with my wife, Alison, have raised my family of four children in Henlow. All of my children were educated in Central Bedfordshire schools and now work in public service, including a Teacher (Sophie), a Doctor (Emma), a Pharmacist (Andrew) and Police Constable (Robert). Although my children are all grown up, Alison and I are both closely involved in the childcare of my three grandchildren.
Before being elected to serve on Central Bedfordshire Council in 2011, I was a Parish Councillor at Henlow Parish Council. I became the Executive Member with responsibility for Finance and Resources in May 2015 and additionally became Deputy Leader in 2017. In January 2021, I became Leader of the Council.
When I can find time outside of being a grandfather and my political and professional life, I enjoy walking and I’m also a singer, having performed in choirs, operas and music festivals.
For those who are interested, you can find me on LinkedIn.