Originally from South Africa, my family emigrated to the UK when I was 10 and I was sent to school in North Wales. I was extremely fortunate to enjoy my schooling, which involved a rigorous outdoor education programme and enthused me with a lifelong love for the outdoors and although I moved to London for my further education, I would return to the beauty of Snowdonia and settle.
Having developed a career in property management and social housing, I entered military service at a relatively late age of 33, serving as a Platoon Commander with 3 Royal Welsh for 9 years. Although I often wished that I had joined from school, I doubt that I possessed the resilience or correct mindset at that age, which I only developed through life experience.
All of my roles have centred around supporting and empowering people, whether through work or my various charitable efforts and as a brother and father to people with additional needs, I have a strong empathic understanding of the challenges that people face.
I am a proactive member of my local church, involved in supporting a food bank, outreach and youth work, as well as volunteering with a local homeless outreach initiative, operating a drop in service for the vulnerable in my local community. I have been actively engaged in numerous fundraising activities, mostly supporting the vulnerable in society, my daughter’s school or veterans’ causes.
I enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle, from kayaking to CrossFit and hillwalking in Snowdonia and the benefits that such brings to my mental wellbeing.