I was born and brought up in Mousehole, the son of a painter. I am married with four children.
I learned seamanship in Mousehole harbour and went to sea in the Merchant Navy as a cadet.
While based in Hong Kong I became a qualified shipmaster. I came ashore and worked for the Marine Department of the Hong Kong Government.
I became president of the Expatriate Civil Servants Association and was appointed to China's Basic Law Consultative Committee to produce Basic Law for Hong Kong. I retired to Cornwall following the handover of Hong Kong in 1997.
In 2007 I restored Ripple, a St Ives sailing lugger originally built in 1896. I established the West Cornwall Lugger Industry Trust Ltd and chaired the Penzance Market and Coastal Towns Initiative.
I have served as Newlyn Harbour Commissioner and now serve as a Penzance Town Councillor.
To this day, I remain a citizen of Hong Kong and continue to enjoy sailing Ripple.