I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte’s London in 1975 and have worked in public practice dealing with the accounts and tax affairs of owner-managed businesses, family trusts and the like in West Kent ever since. With two others I set up my own firm in 1980 and continued with this work through a number of changes in the partnership over the years until 2015.

I then retired from the partnership but retained a part-time consultancy role with my firm in Tunbridge Wells which continues.

What I hope to contribute as a new governor is an understanding particularly of finance but also long-term experience of dealing with people in connection with that finance.

I went to school in Tunbridge Wells, obtained a degree in Law and Economics from the University of Exeter in 1972 before doing my three years of graduate accountancy training.

I am married, have two daughters both educated at Cranbrook School and three grandsons and have lived with my wife Carol in Goudhurst for over 30 years.

Apart from running my own business and helping clients to run theirs, my interests outside work have been my family, hockey, which remained a passion until I reached 60, cricket and a 1963 Austin Healey 3000 which brings a smile to my face on sunny days.