I have over twenty years experience as a qualified Chartered Accountant, a profession I entered following a degree in Economics at Durham University. Prior to university I attended three schools within the BKCAT Trust. I am an active member of St Peter & St Paul Parish in Wakefield. I am a reader and joint chair of the Parish Pastoral Council whilst also being involved in many parish events. I am married with two children of secondary school age. I have a keen interest in history and am a Trustee of the Friends of Wakefield Chantry Chapel. I have undertaken many talks around the UK on the subject of the Wars of the Roses, the locations being numerous historic buildings and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.