Brought up in Malvern and went to Hanley Castle Grammar School
Then did National Service and became a Sergeant in the RAEC
Went to Liverpool University to read modern languages but switched to economics (used my languages taking people on coach holidays in Europe during the summer vacation).
After graduation trained in sales of business machines with British Olivetti (which eventually led to gaining a Diploma in Marketing with the Chartered Institute of Marketing). Joined De La Rue Instruments and represented them for the installation of the first production line cash dispenser in the world in Vienna in 1969. After DLRI’s withdrawal from this market I switched to accountancy eventually becoming Management Accountant for Simon Engineering in Gloucester. On promotion to Commercial Manager developed skills in contract negotiation and management. Subsequently joined International Military Services in London on a NATO weapons project.
Following the downturn in the defence industry in the late 80’s I set up my own business consultancy which I ran successfully until my retirement when I returned to live in Malvern again.
I have 3 sons and 7 grandchildren.