I am as Colchester as they come. I moved to Colchester when I was four having been born in Waltham Forrest. I am married to Rachel and have family in Prettygate and Stanway.
I went to school locally, first at Prettygate Infants and Junior School before moving onward to Philip Morant School. I also attended Colchester Institute for his further and Higher Education and continued my education through to Masters Degree Level whilst working full-time.
In my professional life, I am a Chartered Manager, belonging to the CMI and belong to the Project Management Institute having worked for some major commercial brands including Powergen, Ford Motor Company, Microsoft, Monster Worldwide and Towergate Partnership Insurance.
Outside of politics, my hobbies include reading, scuba diving (I am PADI Open water advanced qualified), rally driving, cycling, going to the gym, visiting National Trust and English Heritage properties and of course my local community activity with the Northern Approach Action Group which I chair and also as a Parish Councillor for Myland since June 2007.
In my political life, I have been a Councillor for Mile End since 2008, before becoming the Leader of the Liberal Democrat group and the Cabinet Member for Waste.