Although I was born in England my parents emigrated to Canada when I was 10. Six years later I joined the Canadian army, serving briefly as a gunner in 30th Field Artillery before going to Collège Militaire Royal de Saint-Jean as an Officer Cadet.
Commissioned into the Royal Canadian Dragoons in 1978, I spent much of my early army career with NATO forces in West Germany. Later I re-trained to become a Public Affairs officer working with the media.
I saw active service in Honduras and Nicaragua with the UN and with NATO in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo. In 1994 I was the UN spokesman in Sarajevo.
After working as a civilian for NATO for 5 years, I joined the UK Civil Service as Communications Director for what was then the Department of Social Security and have since worked in the same capacity at the Department for Work and Pensions, Ministry of Defence and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.
I am divorced, currently living in Wangford Suffolk and have two grown children: Katharina and Alexander.
Apart from painting miniatures and wargaming my great interests are travel, walking, skiing, scuba diving, good food and drink.