“I was born in Birmingham and moved to Hereford in 1962, and lived at Newton Farm, with my parents Jack and Joyce, and my brother Peter. I attended Hunderton School and went on to Redhill Secondary School. I had a passion for horses and swimming and did both as often as I could. I left school in 1969 and went to work at Smart & Brown, in the computer room.
In 1981 I joined the Army, serving for 10 years. I had my oldest daughter Katie in 1986, and then moved to Cumbria in 1990, where I had my second daughter, Emily, in 1991. We moved back to Hereford in 1997.