“I grew up watching my parents serve the local community with dedication. My father is a consultant doctor in the NHS, and my mother is a pharmacist. My grandfather was an Anglican vicar. I wanted to make that same positive difference to people as their Member of Parliament and I was first elected to represent this wonderful constituency on 9th June, 2017.
I have been fortunate enough to have a successful business career. I spent ten years in the City advising some of the biggest companies in the world, both British and international – first as a corporate lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, then as a Senior Executive at HSBC.
My parents sacrificed a great deal so that I could attend good schools. I was lucky enough to study at Eton College and Oxford University, where I was Vice President of the Oxford Union and played football for the University. These experiences changed my life, and consequently I am passionate about the need to ensure that everyone has access to a fantastic education and greater opportunities. I was a primary school governor for several years and I have always supported (and volunteered for) charities that focus on helping people return to work.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Ditchley Foundation. As a very keen sportsman, I support Northampton Saints Rugby Union Club and Arsenal FC.
I am married to Hetti, and we have three little boys. We live in a village near Harpenden. In my spare time, I listen to the Archers, play cricket, and read lots of history books.”
I am a Patron of Harpenden Spotlight on Africa. HSoA works in partnership with an experienced team on the ground, alongside local government and community leaders to deliver projects in challenging environments, transforming the lives of some of the poorest people in Africa. We work in four areas: education, health, clean water and economic development, meeting basic needs and allowing people to build fulfilling lives. Please see the HSoA website for more information.