Born Hampstead, London, married with two sons and four grandchildren.
Educated at St Dominic’s RC School, NW5. Left school
at 15 to start a five-year apprenticeship as a compositor with St Clement’s Press in the City. Two years National Service in between with the RAF.
Worked at numerous printing companies acquiring many specialised skills and qualifications at City & Guilds level including Typographic Design. One of the first to be employed by the Guardian on its move to London in 1961 to become a national newspaper. Worked for the Guardian/Observer for 34 years. Father of the Chapel of the Guardian Composing Chapel for many years, promoted to end career as
Hobbies include gardening and rambling. Ran the largest, very successful, football
club in West Middlesex for 14 years putting out three sides every week. Took a squad every year on an overseas tours.
Elected 2002, served on Road Safety, Licensing, Environment and Kingston Town Neighbourhood . . . still learning!