I am no longer eligible for the 18-30 club, yet not ready for SAGA membership. I was born at Bolton Abbey and educated at Ermysteds Grammar School in Skipton and the proud father of three daughters Rachael, Rebecca and Ruth Annabel.
My first 30 years were spent on our Dales family farm before becoming actively involved in public life. On leaving farming my businesses had included retail and wholesale fresh produce and flowers, milk rounds, undertakers, hotels, nursing homes, environmental consulting, dry stone walling and ace mole catcher.
Relevant to the challenge of health management at Airedale is serving very many years on the Airedale Community Health Council, the Airedale Health Authority and the North Yorkshire Family Practitioner Committee where I chaired dentistry appeals. I was recently appointed to Board of Governors of NHS Trust of Airedale Hospital.
I was first elected to represent Skipton in May 1976 to Craven District Council as an Independent Member. The following year, 1977 the people of Skipton supported my election to North Yorkshire County Council. In 2003 I was asked to allow my name to go forward as a member of Skipton Town Council and was returned unopposed.
I feel obliged to have beneficially influenced Skipton, evolving and adapting to modern society yet retaining the important elements of its historic qualities and strengths.
Over the years of my public service, I have taken lead in Environmental and Housing with a particular interest in Rural Economic Policy servicing on many national bodies.
As a lifelong supporter of Burnley Football Club, I very much relish a challenge.