I am honoured to have been elected as the Member of Parliament for the Bracknell Constituency. I am proudly local, having been born and brought up close to Bracknell and spent much of my working life in the Bracknell, Sandhurst, Aldershot and Camberley area. I believe that to be a good community MP it’s vital to be part of the community. I will be living here as soon as it is feasible to move my children's schools.
Bracknell has a golden opportunity to embrace its future as an international hub for the post-Brexit economy. If elected, my first priority will be to the people I serve. I will focus on ensuring the best possible local NHS and social care, proper funding for our schools and a safe and healthy environment.
I will champion local views on housebuilding, infrastructure and climate change.
Lastly, I am proud of my Conservative principles , family values, and my record of public service as an Army officer.
I am passionate about the continued opportunities that lie ahead for Bracknell, Crowthorne, Finchampstead and Sandhurst.
I was born in nearby Runnymede and brought up in West Surrey. I was educated at the Royal Grammar School in Guildford, the University of Birmingham (BA Hons), Kings College London (MA) and the Defence Academy. I have spent much of my adult life working and living in the Aldershot, Camberley and Bracknell area and remain very familiar with its surroundings and military population. I was commissioned into the British Army from the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in 1993 and served for 26 years as a Regular officer, only leaving at short notice in November 2019 to stand as a Parliamentary candidate.
My Regular service consists of continuous Regimental Duty and staff appointments from 2Lt to Col and I have lived throughout the UK, Germany and worldwide. My operational service includes tours in Iraq, Bosnia, Africa and the Falklands and I have been fortunate to travel extensively whilst on duty. My career has been hugely varied and rewarding: I have lived in snow holes on the NATO Northern flank in Norway, run complex Army change programmes, delivered humanitarian operations, led UK civil contingency planning, overseen Theatre drawdown operations in Iraq and planned the multi-national contribution to Afghanistan with the Omani, Danish, Estonian and Macedonian Governments. I was privileged to command 27 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps in Aldershot from 2014 – 16, where I was entrusted with over 800 soldiers under command. More recently I served as Commander of the Army Engagement Group, responsible for high-level engagement with Ministers, MPs, Lord Lieutenants, High Sheriffs, Councillors and societal gate-keepers on behalf of the Army Board. With my career having begun in the constituency at the Royal Military Academy, it is fitting that my final 2 years should have ended here and that I am now the local MP.
In addition to my military career, I have been a Governor at a primary school in Surrey (Graded Outstanding), Speedwatch and Road Safety Campaigner in Hampshire, Trustee of the Royal Logistic Corps Benevolence Committee, Chairman of the British Army Motorsports Association and a regular fund-raiser for several charities, including the Royal British Legion, Samaritans, Help for Heroes, SSAFA and Step by Step (Aldershot). I am also an occasional contributor to publications and my interests include football, cricket, history and walking.