I was born in Liverpool (Sefton General hospital) in 1947, in a very bad winter and living my early youth in Kirkby from where I became part of the Merseybeat scene, playing keyboards in bands like the Undertakers in places like the Cavern, etc.
My secondary education was at Kirkby Brookfield Comp, one of the early comprehensive schools, also attended by Phil Thompson. I trained in Architecture in Liverpool, dropping out to play and tour (it was, after all the sixties). Re-started training in Architecture before taking up computer programming.
Career outside politics
Before retirement I ran my own Software House, specialising in software for textile garment manufacturers. But in my later sixties I am now fully retired and am dedicated to my seat on the County Council.
Family / Where you Live
I now live in Horninglow with my wife Sue (who works at the Museum of Childhood , Sudbury) but the children have left, Julia is a teacher (i/c year 5 at a middle school in Bedford, Stephen is a graphic designer in Milton Keynes and has a 2-year old son Alex.