After 34 years working for the Inland Revenue in many differing roles, I was very fortunate to be granted an early retirement package at the age of 50.

My wife and I selected Nocton for our retirement plan, as it provides wonderful countryside on the doorstep... it is also blessed with dark night skies and peace and quiet. We also have good friends in the village; little did we know then we would end up living next door to them.

The picturesque limestone cottage with a pantile roof, in what used to be an Estate village with an interesting history, was just the place we had been looking for.

Over the years, my work took me to many different parts of the UK - most of it spent as a training professional, writing and delivering events on management/personal development and departmental change, latterly developing collaborative e-learning.

As an Inspector of Taxes, I had previously been employed on investigation and intelligence work enquiring into business accounts. My final role though was managing the administration team of the National Training College.

In my spare time, I have served with the 4th Volunteer Battalion Queen's Lancashire Regiment (TA) and also as an instructor with Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force. I was Detachment Commander at Metheringham and then Cherry Willingham, before resigning my Queen's Commission at the end of the 1990's. I am still a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

My interests today are varied, ranging from gardening through to computers... and more recently campaigning! I enjoy walking our two Jack Russells through the local countryside... and whilst my knees continue to support me, I participate in road running up to Half Marathon distance.

We have made many friends in the village and I look forward to living within and serving the local community, spending many future happy years together.