Educated Trinity College, Cambridge MA. Regular army (Royal Green Jackets) 1958-1968. Served Germany, Cyprus, Borneo. Retired Major 1958. Durham Light Infantry (TA) 1969-1978. Retired Lt. Col. 1978. Called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn) 1970. Recorder 1990-1997. Retired 1997.
Member, Lake District National Park Authority 1997-2001. High Sheriff of Cumbria 1997-8. D.L. Cumbria 1985. Vice Lord-Lieutenant 2006-2012.
Trustee, Cumbria Community Foundation 1997-2005, (Chairman 1997-2002). Vice-President 2005- . Trustee The Calvert Trust 1976-2006 (Chairman of Council 2002-6). Trustee The Wordsworth Trust 1977-2000, Fellow 2000- . Vice-President The Tennyson Society, 1984- . President The Royal Forestry Society, 2003-5. Chairman and President of Keswick Beekeepers Association from time to time.
Married to Clare. Two sons. All members of CCF and have always had their homes in Cumbria. Four grandchildren.
Interests: forestry, beekeeping, languages (dead or alive).