I was born and brought up in SE London and graduated from the University of Birmingham, with an honours degree in Maths, Economics and Statistics.

I joined NatWest Bank as a statistician and, mostly as a result of some restructuring, found myself as Head of Statistics after a few years.  Much to my surprise I was then headhunted to join MORI (now Ipsos MORI), where I remained for the rest of my career, conducting mostly financial and business-orientated market research studies, many on a global basis. Clients included The World Bank, Shell, Mars, McKinsey & Co., British Airways, Swiss Re, the Kingdom of Bahrain, Sport England, Rank Xerox, London Stock Exchange, Lloyd’s of London and all the major British banks. As a Chartered Statistician, I was a frequent speaker and writer on research issues.

I retired in 2011, but remain a Trustee of the MORI pension fund.  I enjoy playing tennis  (I was Chair of Goudhurst Tennis Club for some years), piano and golf (poorly!). My wife Pam and I like to travel, and we took a six month sabbatical in our 50’s to globe-trot. We have three grown-up children – all educated at Bethany – and five grandchildren, and have lived in Goudhurst for over 30 years.