I was born in Liverpool in 1958 and moved to North Wales in 1967, where I grew up. I left school in 1975 and joined the National Coal Board Point of Ayr Colliery as a Mining Craft Apprentice, although this wasn’t actually my choice – I had wanted go to sea! I applied to the Royal Navy in 1976 and joined on 25 January 1977, where I served until December 1988. I left as a Petty Officer Radar.
Once I left the Royal Navy, I struggled a bit to adjust to civilian life. I finally made the decision to join HM Prison Services in 1992, I stayed there until 1997, when I moved back to North Wales. I have worked in various roles in the Engineering Manufacturing Industry, however a few health issues meant that I needed to re-evaluate and change my lifestyle.
After working a few support roles in the public sector and having looked after members of my family, I decided I should try and use my life skills to serve the veteran’s community, which is something I am very passionate about. I am a volunteer Case Worker for SSAFA, plus I’m a trained Welfare Rights Officer.
My new role at Woody’s Lodge as a Support Officer at their North Wales branch is something I’m incredibly passionate about. I love meeting with the veterans and Emergency Service leavers from all walks of life and supporting them in their civilian lives.