I was born in 1948 at the Fenwick Hospital, Lyndhurst, and have lived in Lyndhurst ever since.
I am married to Joan with two married children and two grandsons. I worked for the local electricity company, mainly in vehicle maintenance (35 years), then into the hospitality trade (three years) and then with the District Council Parking Department (10 years) until retirement.
I have always been active in the local community both at work and socially. At work I was an officer and member of advisory and negotiating committees as well as being staff side Chairman of the company benevolent society. I also was a trainer for first aid and materials handling. Socially I was a chorister at Lyndhurst Church and a bell ringer.
I served the Scout Association in a leadership role at local, district and county levels and served as Chairman for the Copythorne Parish Hall committee, of which I remain a Vice President.
I have been a Councillor for Lyndhurst Parish for over 20 years with spells as both Vice Chairman and Chairman, a long-standing member of the planning committee and currently as Chairman of the Amenities committee.
I was a founding member of our local twinning association and have just relinquished the post after 25 years while still remaining a member.
My wife and I are both officers of Lockerley Silver Band where we are both players.
I believe the Forest to be an exciting, vibrant, living region which should be open for all to enjoy. It must also evolve to cater for the needs of the people who live and work in and around the Forest. My family used to run ponies on the Forest so I have I been able to build up an appreciation of the area from horseback as well as living, working and playing in the area that is now the National Park.
National Park Authority Committees and Panels
Standards Committee (Deputy Chairman)
Represents Authority on following external organisations
Building Design Awards Panel