I was born in Poole in 1957, and was a Shaftesbury Grammar School boy for 7 years. I joined the police at 20 and worked in Bristol, Wiltshire, and Devon and Cornwall. As a senior police officer my jobs included commanding police areas in south Bristol and in Salisbury and South Wiltshire. I also inspected police forces with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, and was a qualified and experienced Gold level commander for Firearms, Major Sporting Events and Public Order management. I hold an M.B.A. from Bath University, and a Diploma in Police Management and Criminology from Cambridge University. I retired from the police in 2007 at the rank of chief superintendent, and in 2008 set up the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, and then worked for two years as an Associate Director for the Great Western Ambulance Service, followed by four years at University Hospital Southampton as Care Group Manager for Anaesthetics, Operating Theatres and Critical Care. I moved back to Shaftesbury in 2015 and then joined the Care Quality Commission to inspect hospitals. I finally retired from the public sector in December 2018 after 40 years service. I was elected to the Town Council in May 2019.