He was born and brought up in New Ferry/Bromborough and, over the years, has migrated slowly across the Wiiral to Neston via Bebington and Willaston. He has three grown-up children and three young grandchildren.
He is a civil engineer by profession and initially worked for Mears, a local construction company that was based in Bromborough. In 1976, he joined the Projects Department of British Petroleum and worked on petrochemical projects in many diverse locations including Abu Dhabi, Azerbaijan, Botswana, France and Norway.
He took early retirement from BP in 1999 but continued to provide consultancy services in project management to the petrochemical, water and rail industries. More recently, he has had a part-time role as a Pension Liaison Officer for BP, looking after the interests of members of BP Pension Schemes on the Wirral.
Outside of paid employment, he has been involved in mentoring third year students at Liverpool John Moore University (LJMU), organising the Wirral Coastal Walk and is a trustee of two charities including Involve Northwest. His main hobby is golf, closely followed by more golf.