I was born in Coventry in 1983. My father was a lorry driver and labourer, and my mother held various jobs ranging from cleaning to data input for NATO. I grew up in the Canley area of Coventry, firstly attending Alderman Harris Primary School (since demolished) and then latterly Alderman Callow Secondary School and Community College (now Westwood Technology College).
My first taste of work came from delivering phonebooks and newspapers, followed by a job in a fish and chip shop. I then took a job collecting up the trollies at a supermarket before finally getting a break into office work as a temporary clerk. At age 18 I was employed by Barclays Bank in one of their call centres and eventually worked my way into their online banking division.
By 2003 I was able to get work as a temporary admin assistant with the NHS in Coventry. From here I worked my way up to being a Senior Administrator, chiefly as a result of my database and software development skills, which I had picked up in my spare time.
By 2005 I had decided to try starting my own business. As a bit of loss leadership I did some websites for free and got myself noticed by some prominent Conservatives. I was called up one day by Tim Montgomerie, the then-editor of ConservativeHome, and asked to come and talk about some work. I arrived in London and must have made a good impression. I was offered an opportunity to help him build up a firm who offered web services to candidates and associations. It was not meant to be however, particularly as the 18 Doughty Street web TV project took up increasing amounts of our time.
By 2007 I had been shortlisted by the New Statesman magazine in their Young Innovator category for my work at on the 18 Doughty Street project. I was invited to apply for a role at Conservative Central Office, but declined to apply. Frankly, I panicked. At the time it felt like I had come such a long way from such a lowly place. Here I was without a degree, no professional background as such and no connections, being invited to apply to work at one of the most well-known offices in the land. Instead I stuck with 18 Doughty Street until its ultimate collapse and returned to Coventry shortly thereafter where I took up work with Peugeot as a web developer on a temporary contract.
What followed was some tough times, but also some of my best times. I was fortunate to get back into the Learning & Skills Council, which then evolved into the Skills Funding Agency. However, by 2012 the new government was cracking down on contractors like me and the writing was on the wall. I moved on and took up a job with SCC in Birmingham. Around the same time I was developing a relationship with the woman who would become my wife and mother to our daughter born in 2012.
I took a role closer to home with Multifleet, and ended up taking subsequent roles with Avelo/Iress in Bromsgrove, GKN in Redditch and Documotive in Sutton Coldfield - all in a short period of time.
Employment was not sitting well with me. An opportunity came up to work for a client on a self-employed basis and I saw it as my opportunity to get back to the work I truly enjoyed - being self-employed and accountable to my clients. I set up Binary Beagle in February 2015 and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead.
I am a compassionate conservative, believing that it is highly compassionate for the state to leave people with as much of their own money in their pockets as possible. I am compassionate because I believe in helping people to help themselves. When I was homeless in my life I was given shelter, but I was also given the opportunity of a job and a way forward.
I founded Binary Beagle in 2015 to bring together all of my work under a single venture. Please visit the Binary Beagle website for more details.
I support Macmillan Cancer Support, Movember, and other charitable causes. Fighting cancer is a cause particularly close to my heart.