I was born in Cookham, Berkshire and educated at Maidenhead Grammar School although my family originate from the Mullion/Penzance area.
I left school aged 16 and went to work for the Ministry of Defence in London, where I spent the next 10 years. I married in 1977, leaving the MOD shortly afterwards, to run my own business.
I spent the next 12 years building and testing Race and Rally cars for customers from my accessory and workshop in Slough, after my hobby became a full time business. I have raced at all the major UK circuits, during which time I gained a UK F1 Licence and an International Rally Licence.
I moved to Longdowns in May 1989, where I still live, working in the Motor Trade before running a model-making business and shop until I retired.
I have two daughters who were both born in Cornwall and attended Mabe Primary School, where I've been a Governor for over 23 years and am currently the Chair of the Local Area Board.
I have helped teach past pupils to sail with the Helford River Sailing Trust over the years, where I was one of a number of helpers honoured to receive the 'Unsung Heroes Award' from HRH Princess Anne.
My interests are fast cars, high speed trains and fast jets. I also enjoy walking, swimming and drinking the odd pint of 'Real Ale' when time permits.
I've been a Parish Councillor in Mabe for almost 23 years, where I am currently the Chair; previously I was Chair of Stithians Parish Council.
I am a member of the Cornwall Planning Partnership and the current Treasurer of the Mining Villages Regeneration Group.