I was raised in Salford and Manchester and moved to Todmorden in 2004 with my wife Bev. It was quite a culture shock and took us some time to accustom ourselves to the friendly, embracing attitude of the community and the sometimes hostile and intimidating impact of the weather on our home. We were very lucky to have made great friends that helped us when we flooded and retaining walls fell down, for which I’ll be eternally grateful!
We have approximately an acre on the steep slopes above Tod, where I spend my spare time growing food organically. What we don’t eat ourselves we donate locally.
I attended secondary school and college in Bury and between 1994 – 98 I went to Edge Hill University in Ormskirk where I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Education and English studies.
I have spent most of my working life in sales, which I greatly enjoyed, and went into business in 2006 as a life coach, working predominantly with clients in the States.
For several years I ran the Facebook page for the Todmorden Women’s disco, for which I am a committee member. It has almost 2000 followers and attracts visitors from all over the UK to the monthly event.