I was born and grew up in south Manchester and as a consequence I have been a lifelong supporter of Manchester City.
After leaving school I went to the University of York to read economics. That is where I met Aileen, my wife. Neither of us played golf at the time. After graduating I went to the University of Bristol to do post graduate work in economics.
In 1970, I was appointed to a lectureship in economics at the University of Leicester. Apart from spending two years working as an economic adviser to the UK government, I remained at the University until 2000, eventually becoming Professor of Applied Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
I left the University to become Deputy Director of Research and Chief Economist in the Home Office. I retired in 2007.
I started to play golf in about 1979 when we bought a house near to Oadby Municipal golf course. Since then I have been a member at The Leicestershire, Kibworth and Scraptoft golf clubs. I joined Market Harborough Golf Club in January 2014. I am also a member of Market Harborough Bridge Club, although I am only an occasional bridge player.
My chosen charity is Macmillan Cancer Care. Macmillan Nurses do a wonderful job in supporting cancer sufferers and their families through extremely difficult times. They receive virtually no support from government and are dependent upon donations, legacies and fundraising activities.
Apart from golf, my other interests are gardening, modern British studio pottery, reading crime novels and Man City.