I was born and brought up in Elgin, a small town in the Highlands of Scotland, before going to University in Aberdeen. I graduated in Electronic Engineering in 1988 and moved to Suffolk to work at BT research facility at Martlesham Heath. I left BT in 2001 to join a hi-tech start-up company but it became a victim of the dot com crash.
I set up my own company to work freelance and started out in Holland before working in the UK. At present I am working for BT at Adastral Park.
In 2003 I spent six months working for Chris Mole MP, in his Ipswich office, which showed me both sides of an MP's life: the community leadership & helping people as well as the long hours & commitment. I then spent four months in Ghana as a volunteer project leader, spending the majority of my time in a Refugee camp near the border with Cote D'Ivoire.
I became a Councillor in Ipswich in 2000. I have work hard to represent my ward: current big issues are the future of St Clements Hospital and a planning application for 260 houses on an old factory. However, the most important aspect of being a councillor is setting council policy for the future. From my time in Chris Mole's office, I see that the most important aspect of being an MP is to set national policy for the future.
Politically, I'm interested in providing first class health & education services, reducing fear of crime &anti-social behaviour and International Development, especially in Africa.