- Married for 37 years to Alison, with two adult Sons (Nick & Sam) and one Grandson (Max), my life revolves around family and a career of public service.
- Today I am actively seeking to continue my public service as a candidate for Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
- A Commodore in the Royal Navy, I served with distinction (others say) for thirty years in challenging Leadership roles, reflecting success then AND gaining skills just as relevant now to being our PCC:
- Leading Teams of the size of Hampshire Police
- Motivating people in professional and operational jobs
- Managing major multi-million pound budgets
- Creating innovative, strategic and operational policies,
- Managing change in difficult operational and financial times.
My second career continued to be in Public Service, demonstrating new success in working for our community in paid, voluntary and elected office.
- As Hampshire County Council’s Regeneration Project Officer, I delivered a major national community project (Rowner), when others thought it impossible. Community engagement & building partnerships were two key skills for the success of this project. And the quality of the team, that I built, and their motivation allowed them to continue to deliver through the recent economic turmoil.
- I used my understanding of leadership and security issues as a valued Coach on the Commissioner’s Leadership Programme of the Metropolitan Police Service. This experience led to my serving briefly on the Hampshire Police Strategic Independent Advisory Group (IAG).
- Recognising the major financial challenges that would face Local Government, I won election as a Gosport Borough Councillor in 2010, motivated to serve my community and seeking to make a contribution to economic recovery and community growth. My colleagues, across all parties, in their farewell tributes, when I stood down in 2014, described how I had served with notable success as the Economic Development Chairman for the Borough.