I am privileged to live with my wife and children in rural Monmouthshire, near Skenfrith. I have three children at local primary schools and a fourth who has just returned from doing voluntary work in Africa. I’m 59 and self-employed, consulted by charities around the world to help them improve their effectiveness, especially in how they engage with governments and the wider public. I’ve been working in international development for most of my life and held senior positions in Oxfam and Amnesty international. I have a BSc in Chemistry and a Masters degree in Business Administration.

When I’m not working or parenting, I enjoy music, reading and football (until recently, I was a youth football coach). I particularly love walking, seeing the seasons change and exploring the local area (and have a slightly nerdy ambition to travel down every footpath within a three mile radius of our house, which is rather more than you might think). I’m also doing a lot of digging in our garden as I want to grow more flowers, fruit and vegetables.