I was born in Great Yarmouth 45 years ago and have lived in Brooke for nearly two decades with my wife Philippa and two daughters Susan and Laura.
After school in Suffolk, at University in Reading, I gained a first-class degree in Agriculture and later in 1995 a Nuffield Scholarship to study advanced precision farming techniques in the United States.
I have been a Director of a family firm Great Yarmouth which was engaged as fertiliser manufacturers and agricultural merchants for over 190 years. I led the sale process of the company to new American owners Koch Industries in March 2011 and a, now responsible for managing the sellers’ property and other business interests, including being a Non-executive Director of Sentry Ltd, one of the country’s largest commercial farming companies.
I have varied interests including having sailed across the Atlantic in a square-rigged ship. I enjoy the Station 146 control tower meetings and was involved with raising money for the 2nd Air Division Library at The Forum in Norwich. In warmer weather I like to garden and tinker with my little grey fergie tractor called Maggie, sailing a classic Broads sailing cruiser Swallowtail or drive around in my Lotus Elise.
I have been Leader of South Norfolk Council since 2007. In that time I have aimed to run the council on business like lines and has frozen Council Tax in five of the last six years whilst achieving first place nationally in a number of priority areas. I am a member of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership [LEP] and have chaired the Greater Norwich Development Partnership. I am a Governor of Langley School. I have been a member of the Council of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association since 2007 and in 2013 Chaired The Norfolk Mardlers.
I am a Trustee of the £2.5bn Norfolk Pension Fund, a member of the Local Government Association [LGA] Finance Panel, the LGA’s District Council Network Executive Committee and am currently Chairing the LGPS Infrastructure Investment Committee and Vice Chairman of the £150bn Shadow Local Government Pension Scheme Investment & Engagement Committee.