I am a proud Welshman, although I may not sound it. I was born in Cardiff but when I was two years old, we moved to London where my father was a Congregational minister. He was a lovely man and great preacher, but regrettably, he never taught me to speak Welsh.
When I was eleven I went to a boarding school, Caterham, in Surrey, a school founded by the Congregational church. After school, I did a year’s Voluntary Service Overseas in Ghana, then went to St David’s College, Lampeter, part of the University of Wales. Following that, I went to what was then Loughborough Colleges to do a teaching certificate, although my main reason for going there was to play in the hockey team! Loughborough’s post-graduate teaching course was brilliant and made me want to become a teacher.
My teaching career took me to different types of school in various parts of the country, but eventually I became a principal at one of Leicestershire’s secondary community colleges. After ten years as a head, I became one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI), travelling the country doing a range of inspection work in schools, colleges, youth services and children’s services.
My wife, Wendy, and I have two wonderful children, one a doctor and one a police officer. We now have three grandchildren, with another due in 2019: we count ourselves extremely lucky.
As a younger man, I was a committed hockey player, and played international hockey for Wales. I have always loved sport, and I’m afraid I am quite competitive. By the time I came to Leicestershire, my hockey career was over, and I took up golf. My first club was Park Hill GC (now closed) followed by Kirby Muxloe GC. When we moved near to Market Harborough I joined MHGC in 2008.
My charity for the year is Leicester Animal Rescue, a small, but excellent, local cause. It was started by two ladies in 1957. They take in and re-home about 100 dogs and 200 cats a year. They get no public funding and depend on donations, legacies and the proceeds from their shop in Evington.
Besides enjoying golf, I love reading, the theatre, travelling and walking the dog: we are on our third golden retriever!
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