I have lived very happily in Witney for over 30 years, but I was born and went to School in Wallsend on Tyneside. I studied Metallurgy at Sheffield University, where I met my wife Elizabeth. After my degree, I did some scientific research in thermodynamics before going into education, initially teaching Physics in large secondary school in Sheffield. We then moved to Oxfordshire, where I taught at Matthew Arnold School before becoming Deputy Head at Henry Box and then Headteacher in Abingdon for 15 years. Elizabeth and I enjoyed bringing up our two children in Witney. We have now retired and have the time to pursue our interests. We both give time to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau every week, I do a bit of writing and watching non-league football, and of course I find being a governor of Springfield very rewarding.