After leaving Loughborough University with an Engineering Degree, I spent most of my life in the commercial and manufacturing world as a Director of Dewhirst Plc., clothing manufacturers based in the North East of England. During this time, I was responsible for developing the Company’s men's tailoring division and opening an advanced men's suit factory in Sunderland. Subsequently my responsibilities included a uniform, corporate clothing and retail businesses.
Outside my work with the Dewhirst Company I was Chairman of our Trade Association. A former member of the North Eastern Industrial Development Board, High Sheriff of Durham 2007/08, former Chair of Governors for Highfield Community Primary School and on the Board of our local Hospice. My other interests include sailing, skiing and walking.