My parents moved to Sidmouth 45 years ago so I have been a regular visitor for many years. Before retiring and moving here in 2011, I was CEO and Company Secretary for a Shropshire charity which was part of a national network.
I have worked alongside numerous volunteers and have experience of the constitutional matters of running a charity. Much of my work was involved with seeking grants to maintain and develop services, it is now a privilege to be a member of the Keith Owen Grants Committee which awards grants to local groups and charities.
I spent 30 years in education as a teacher in secondary schools, an advisory teacher for a Local Authority and as a teacher trainer and manager in Further Education. I have been involved with conservation and the countryside all my adult life following an Environmental Science degree. Having been regular visitors to the south west for holidays, Robin and I moved to Sidmouth in 2007, particularly attracted by the landscape and opportunities for walking.
I started my career as an RAF engineer before converting to conservation. I have worked at all tiers of local government in urban fringe and rural projects ranging from Berkshire to West Sussex, St. Helens to the Forest of Bowland, before my appointment in East Devon in 2003.
I live in the Roncombe Valley, Sidbury with my wife and two teenage children. A former Director of the NAAONB and Manager of the East Devon AONB Partnership, I am locally active as Trustee for Sidbury Millennium Green.
I was a Chartered Engineer, and worked for 40 years with an international consultancy firm. I travelled extensively and lived in several different countries in my career. I retired in 2008 and came to Sidmouth with my wife, an ex-teacher, attracted by the town, sea, and surrounding beautiful countryside. My interests are in the built environment and activities such as croquet, golf, the sea and walking.