My working career started at the age of 13 when for 3 years I delivered news paper each morning. At 16 I entered the Army and trained as a surveyor, being posted to Germany from 1965 to 1968 when I left the Army and worked for 10 years as a civil engineer at various local authorities, specialising in public health engineering. I then left London and came to live in Wiltshire.
I worked in the window industry over the next 20 years, running my own limited company for a number of those, and combining 17 years as a member of Wiltshire Special Constabulary, and running Fovant Youth Club in our village during the same period. I carried out several large projects on my home, ready for my retirement, and my funds make me financially independent for the rest of my retirement.
I support the Forum Stroke Club and the Thursday Lunch Club, both in Wilton, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays respectively.
Since retirement I have been Chairman of my Parish Council, with responsibilities as Flood Warden, Civil Emergence Coordinator, and Neighbourhood Watch Organiser. In June I was elected as a Governor, which is my main concern, and am currently writing a biography of my Grandfather.
Our staff at Salisbury District Hospital have long been well regarded for the quality of care and treatment they provide for our patients and for their innovation, commitment and professionalism. This has been recognised in a wide range of achievements and it is reflected in our award of NHS Foundation Trust status. This is afforded to hospitals that provide the highest standards of care.