As a former soldier, I am acutely aware of the pressure of police officers in our county. I am a graduate who served as an officer in the Royal Artillery at home and abroad for twenty three years. This included serving on operations in Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles. I retired from the army in the rank of Major in 1999 and went into business as general manager of a marketing company operating from Wiltshire, where I also acted as sales manager. After two years I took over a small but busy local holiday business, which I run in partnership with my wife. I understand business and its involvement with the wider community. This experience has made me acutely aware of the pressures put on local businesses and local people by local government.
I am deeply involved in my Council Portfolio for Flooding in Wiltshire and I am closely involved in the work of the Conservative Group on Wiltshire Council as the Group Secretary. I am Chairman of the Melksham Area Board. I also have an extensive portfolio of voluntary work which is my opportunity to give service to the community where I live, work and take part in sporting activity. Included in all of this is extensive work within the Conservative Party where I hold several posts.
I am a very active member of the Conservative Party and was Campaign Director of our successful 2017 Wiltshire Council Election Campaign. After that election I left the Cabinet and was elected as Conservative Group Secretary. I was also appointed Portfolio holder for Flooding and the Armed Forces Community Covenant> In addition I became Chairman of the Salisbury, Southern and Northern Operational Flood Working Groups.