Though I am now retired, on leaving school, I worked in the Steel industry, at Johnson and Nephew. There I worked in instrumentation and process control, and was also involved in training of apprentices. I was made redundant from there when the company closed. For two years I ran my own business. Later I worked for BT/Openreach, initially as an engineer, later as a Network Planner, designing Highspeed Broadband circuits. I was also an in-house trainer, organising and delivering short courses of a technical nature. I am married, with two daughters, and one grandson. I currently volunteer one day per week at the Citizens Advice Bureau, as an Advisor. I have A-levels, and various technical qualifications including City and Guilds. My interests include reading, cooking and music, both listening and playing.