About Me

I moved to Dorset at the age of 4 when my parents settled in Milton on Stour in 1977. Initially educated locally, I won a scholarship to Marlborough College. The first in my family to go to university, I studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford, where I was elected President of the Oxford Union. I undertook post-graduate study in Voluntary Sector Management at Cass Business School, and a number of courses at the Institute of Governance & Public Management at Warwick University.

At school, I was awarded a cadetship by the Royal Navy, which gave me the chance to follow my father’s footsteps. Unfortunately I suffered a serious knee injury while training with the navy, and was unable to realise the dream. I spent a number of years in fund and risk management at Rothschild’s and Citibank.

I then returned to public and civic service through the third sector, first assisting a variety of charities with fundraising, and now works for Amnesty International. I have also served as Fundraising Director for the Three Rivers Partnership, a local community partnership in Dorset, to fund provision of art and sports facilities in the local area. I am a trustee of a charity providing assistance and advocacy to people with learning difficulties, helped set up JobClub in North Dorset

In 2006, I moved to Motcombe and was elected to North Dorset District Council in May 2007, to represent the Motcombe & Ham Ward, where I serve on the Overview & Scrutiny Committee, and the Service Review sub-committee, and am also the Young Person’s Champion.

In 2008 and 2009 I visited Rwanda as part of Project Umubano, a social action project by the Conservative Party, where I worked on projects such as helping develop the national School of Finance and Banking into a fully fledged business school with connections with Harvard and the Said School in Oxford. Most recently I worked with the AVEGA charity, which is funded by the Gillingham based charity Msaada, and the government on developing its tourism industry.

I am actively involved in the local Conservative party, having resuscitated the Shaftesbury branch, and am the Deputy Chairman (Political) for the North Dorset Conservative Association. I have recently been elected as Area Chairman for Dorset. I have also served as an officer and council member of the right-of-centre thinktank, the Bow Group.

When not occupied with politics on the local or national stage, I enjoy climbing mountains (I recently climbed Mont Blanc in aid of the Riversmeet Centre in Gillingham), sailing, going to the theatre and scottish dancing.