As a young man of 16 I joined the Army where I spent the next twenty-four years of my life. In 1991, I left and moved to Swindon to start work for a company which supplied coin-operated equipment to the armed services worldwide, ferries and casinos on cruise ships.
I joined Broome Manor Golf Club in 1991, and at the height of my golf career, managed to get down to a 9.5 handicap – I now play off a much more realistic 18!
As well as moving to Swindon in 1991, I also joined Barnsley Beeches Cricket Club (near Cirencester). For many years, it was golf in the morning and cricket in the afternoon! I still play a bit of cricket and am secretary of BBCC.
I enjoy being active and involved, so, in 2002, I became Captain of Broome Manor Golf Club.
More recently, I have volunteered at both the London and Rio Olympic Games. In London, I was a PA to VIPs from Uruguay, notably Lillian Kerchican (Minister of Sport) and Julio Moreno (Uruguay Ambassador to the UK). In Rio in 2016, I was fortunate to be part of the players’ care team in the clubhouse at the Olympic Golf Course. Also, at the Rio Paralympics, I was a score official for wheelchair basketball, operating all the electronic scoreboards in the Olympic arena.
Last year, I was a team leader at the 2018 Ryder Cup in Paris.
I am honoured to be the Chairman of this wonderful golf club.
I hope I serve you well.