I am a proud Cumbrian and grew up and went to School in Wigton. I have recently retired from the Army after a career spanning 34 years. I was Regimental Colonel of the 16,000 strong Royal Logistic Corps supporting operations in Afghanistan, HR Director for 20,000 Combat Service Support personnel and have had range of appointments commanding very large organisations of both military and civilian personnel. I recently served in Sierra Leone commanding the military teams in 8 counties to coordinate government, police, relief agencies and charities and local councils for the relief response to Ebola and mentoring to develop contingency planning for civil resilience in the face of security, health and natural crises.
As a senior military logistician I have been personally accountable for multi million pound public budgets, major procurement contracts and large scale project management and significant organisational change. I have extensive experience of operations as diverse as Peace Support in Bosnia to Foot and Mouth here in Cumbria, and have worked with security and police forces around the world. I worked in the ministry of Defence working with Ministers and senior civil servants and have extensive training in counter terrorism which was the subject of my staff college thesis.
I am married to Ruth a Community Midwife working in Carlisle and we have two grown up children. I am a trustee of Bassenfell Manor Christian Outdoor pursuits centre, till recently was a volunteer at the Glasgow City Mission and am actively involved in leading music and preaching in several local churches. I still run daily and fell walk to keep fit.
I have been very proud to serve the country as a soldier, I understand the nature of uniformed public service, values and standards. I now hope to serve you and my home county as PCC, the challenges are enormous. I do genuinely believe that fighting crime is about 'we' not 'they' we all have a part to play as a team. I am a Conservative but if elected will swear the oath of impartiality with integrity, and will work to serve every Cumbrian however you vote. I have served and given loyalty to every shade of government in the last 34 years, I believe that for the PCC role the ability, qualifications and experience to do the job well, for Cumbria, is more important than party politics. Sadly the world is a dangerous place, some forms of Cyber, Child Sexual Exploitation and Domestic Abuse are increasing and recent tragic events in Paris and Brussels remind us that we must never be complacent about the threat of terrorism. This is why we need professional leadership of our security forces, it is no place for amateurs playing petty politics, I urge voters to vote for competence, experience and proven track record to do the job rather than for party labels or even those who claim to have no political affiliation.
I have the experience, I have led large organisations on operations and the only promise I make is that I will do my very best to keep you, your family and our county safe.