About Me

Originally from Gloucestershire, I joined the Royal Navy upon leaving school, turning down an offer to read Law from Oxford University to do so.  I attended Britannia Royal Naval College for training and served aboard HMS Bulwark and HMS Severn.  Due to an eye condition I was forced to leave the service, at which point I embarked on my educational development.

I studied part-time with the Open University prior to reading International Relations at Plymouth University, specialising in Maritime Security.  During this period I spent time working at the British Embassy to Turkey in Ankara, and also set up the first of three companies.  Beginning in the cigar trade, I have since set-up Siparium Entertainment and Siparium Sporting.  The latter utilising knowledge and experience gained whilst studying at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester.

I hold a WSET Level 3 Award in Wines & Spirits.

A couple of other things about me: I used to play and referee rugby, I'm a keen skier and sailor, I enjoy walking (even on Dartmoor), and I like reading, real ale and whisky.