I have been the Conservative member for Canterbury South East on Kent County Council since 2005. I also served as member for Barton on Canterbury City Council 2001-2003 and 2004-2007.
I am a retired secondary school teacher, with extensive teaching experience in various types of school, grammar schools, supply teaching in other schools, over 13 years at a comprehensive school, 13 years at an independent school in Canterbury including 8 years as a housemaster where with my wife Margaret I looked after up to 60 children both boys and girls. This has given me valuable insight for my current role as deputy cabinet member for education and health reform.
We came to Canterbury in 1988 and have three children and one grandchild.
My interests are music (I play the piano to Grade 7), travel, reading, following my favourite football team, currently doing extremely well. In December 2016 I published my cosy crime novel "Shake Hands or Die". I hope to publish more in this series. I attend church at St Mildred's, Canterbury.
Kent is a wonderful place to live. We welcome many visitors and it is a primary route into and out of the UK. This gives us serious traffic issues. I have been able to put in place various measures to help, such as speed warning signs, chicanes, and lines and signs. I am also keen for people of all ages to have full opportunities in education and acquiring skills. The list of my many funding grants can be seen on the KCC website. This year it includes playground equipment, planting trees, help for the over 60s, among many others.