I have a wonderful family, my wife of 45 years Valerie and I have brought up three amazing children all of whom are hardworking and successful in their own right with families of their own. We have always tried to show them that anything is possible, to be brave, ambitious, to challenge themselves, but to never compromise their integrity in doing so.
In my working life I left school with no qualifications, but through sheer hard work, dedication, a little luck and taking the opportunities that were presented to me, I rose to the heady heights of being a main board director of a very successful company with a turnover approaching £100 million when I retired.
In sport, my true love was playing football and like any child growing up, I always harboured the ambition to play for my country . Sadly, that ambition passed me by, but on my retirement I was introduced to walking football! At the age of 62, I signed for my beloved club Derby County and my ambition of playing for my country was refuelled! On the 20th August 2020 at the age of 65 I proudly made my debut for the England WFC over 60's. I've since been awarded 5 England Caps with the great honour of being captain twice before retiring in 2023 to concentrate on my Atlantic Row.