I was born in Harrington and on leaving school I worked for a number of local companies before joining North West Water (later to become United Utilities) at Whitehaven in 1978 as a leakage controller. As my career in the water industry progressed I eventually became the Works Manager for the West Cumbria district before joining United Utilities International and working on projects in Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and Manila. On my return to the UK I worked from the Warrington and Preston offices as a Project Manager in UU Networks installing water, gas and electric supplies to major industrial developments, including the City of Manchester Stadium built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. On Leaving UU I joined a national housing developer as Utilities Engineer covering a region from North Wales to Carlisle and including the Greater Manchester and Merseyside areas. During this time I was a member of a National Home Builders and Water Company Joint Committee developing procedures to aid both water companies and home builders to work together more efficiently and also a lay member of the North Manchester NHS Regional Ethics Committee. I spent the year and a half before retiring in 2016 as a self-employed business manager. Just prior to retirement I moved back to West Cumbria. I am a keen Rugby League supporter and am currently the secretary of Seaton Amateur Rugby League Club.