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I was born in 1962 in Georgetown, Guyana and moved to the UK whilst a baby and was one of five children. I was brought up in the County of Buckinghamshire, England and had a happy childhood. My mother was a traditional housewife and brought us all up in a loving and Christian environment. My father worked as a Police Detective and was my hero. Once all of us were attending school my mother qualified as a teacher. In 1980 I joined the police and during my career I received nine Commendations for bravery and outstanding police work. My work also took me to America, Canada and Europe where I lectured extensively on restorative justice and neighbourhood policing. My work operationally led me to specialise in Tactical Firearms (SWAT) and I worked within that specialisation for many years. I eventually became a Tactical Firearms Commander responsible for the management of pre-planned and spontaneous firearms incidents. In general policing I was promoted to a senior leader and became the Local Police Area Commander for the town of Aylesbury in 2007. However, my greatest achievement was to marry my wife Gill in 1984 and having two wonderful daughters. My girls are both married now and I have two wonderful grandsons; my family is my life!
As a young single man I lived a very hedonistic lifestyle. I had a great job in the police and I was part of a group of single friends who liked to party a lot. I worked hard and played hard. When I hit my twenties I became uncomfortable with my lifestyle and realised that there was something missing. I suspected it was religion so I returned to my Catholic roots and, although I loved the people, to my surprise I did not feel that this church was the direction I should go. So I then tried another church, and worshiped with an evangelical congregation, and felt exactly the same. I then met a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and through her met the Missionaries. As soon as they opened their mouths I instantly recognised that this was it! This was what I was looking for … I felt it and I knew that what they were telling me was true. Interestingly enough when it came to baptism, and a massive change of lifestyle, I never felt compelled or pressured. I carefully thought through what I had gone through and felt that I had been led to this Church for some reason; and I decided to find out what that reason was. I’m so glad I chose to be baptised and I can trace back all my subsequent happiness to the decision I made in 1983.
I have enjoyed my membership in the Church and have served in many leadership and teaching positions, including as a Bishop. I love to live my faith and have involved myself in many community groups and voluntary service. This includes work as a respite carer to a disabled boy, mediation for people involved in disputes and picking-up litter in my neighbourhood; which I really enjoy! I am always on the look-out for opportunities to serve others and in 2010 launched a ‘Ten-a-Day’ Blog which encourages people to do ten random acts of kindness everyday.