"I am a self employed Project Manager, covering all aspects, ranging from food industry installations and engineering, through to feasibility studies, relocations and interim management. In the course of this, I have travelled all over the country, which I believe has given me a wide and varied insight into most matters.

My involvement with formal youth groups began in 1991, when I joined a board until 2008!

In June 2011, I was asked to join the board for the Somerset Rural Youth Project (now Young Somerset), which I gladly did and I have remained ever since, culminating in my current role as Chair. I am now looking forward greatly to the challenges that Young Somerset will bring."

Where's your favourite place in Somerset?

"Probably Exmoor as this was my first introduction to the countryside and have enjoyed it ever since."

Do you have a hidden talent or any hobbies?

"I have enjoyed walking over the last 35 years, having trekked around/to Annapurna, Everest Base Camp, Mount Kenya and the Indian Himalayas as well as numerous places in the UK. I have successfully organised a 3 peaks challenge and have been involved with Ten Tors for the past 34 years, mostly as Team Manager."

What's the best thing about your job at Young Somerset?

"My favourite thing about being involved with Young Somerset, is to see the enjoyment gained by young people, when challenges are overcome. It is great leveller to see what those young people can achieve given the correct encouragement and environment."

And finally, Ninjas or Pirates?

"Definitely a Pirate, I'm not always one for complying as I should!"