I took an honours degree at Reading University and moved into practising as a Surveyor in Surrey with predominantly planning law. With the introduction of the Green Belt and the cessation of much planning work, I made a career change to the Music Business, first with a business I started in Vienna and then another in New England. I came back to London to work in the Media, initially with London Weekend Television and then the Observer Newspaper. I spent 10 years there ending up a member of the Executive Board.
I moved then into three operations at the same time. I was a consultant lobbyist working with the European Parliament in Brussels, I was a Partner in a Property Company and the final involvement which I maintained until April 2014, of being a Partner in a Publishing Company. This was predominantly a Financial Magazine specializing in the Investment Trusts sector of the London Stock Market. In 2001 I was elected County Councillor for the Heathfield Division and immediately appointed to the Cabinet with the portfolio for Education. I had that responsibility for 7 years. I have also served as Chairman of the County for two years and returned to Cabinet to take charge of the economy, infrastructure and skills in 2013. I am a Director of Sea Change Sussex Ltd which has invested in major construction sites to create jobs in East Sussex and a representative of East Sussex at the SELEP. I have also been the Chairman of the Heathfield Partnership Trust Ltd for 13 years. My personal interests lie in travel, music, sport and American politics.