Life before being an MP
Born in Kent and raised with seven siblings by two working parents, I learned early on about the vital qualities of teamwork, dedication and perseverance. I only achieved ‘average’ results at school and spent more time on the sports field than in the classroom. Being part of a large working family and contributing to the family home meant that employment and not university was the way forward, and so I left to work as an intern in the financial sector of the City of London.
My family has strong military ties, with three brothers in the Royal Navy, I guess it was only a matter of time before I went the same way. I elected for the Army over the Royal Navy and graduated from Sandhurst in 2002. The Royal Citadel on the Hoe then became my home for the next 11 years and Plymouth has been my adopted city ever since. During my career I served from the tactical to the strategic level throughout a career across the globe, including multiple combat operations.
I live with my wife Felicity, who I first met at school, and our two young children. I became involved in politics because I thought I had something to offer the political establishment that wasn’t already represented. I knew we needed to provide veterans with better care and that we could do more in terms of provision for mental health care. To me, the best way to change it was to put myself forward, and in October 2013 I was selected by the Conservative Party to fight the seat of Plymouth Moor View.