Born in Stafford and educated at King Edward VI Grammar School Gained the award of Apprentice of the Year in 1960 during a five-year engineering apprenticeship at the English Electric Company Ltd. Became a Burgess of the Borough of Stafford by virtue of this Servitude Sustained a career in engineering design and management until his retirement in 2003 His skills were honed throughout a spell of 22 years at J C Bamford Excavators, Rocester before a final 9 years at NSK Steering Systems in Coventry Secretary of the Stafford Darts League since 1980
From a conversation in 2004 with the licensee of the Kings Arms, Paul James about old pubs and landlords in Stafford, he resurrected an old list of Staffords pubs that he had acquired in the 1960s. It needed an update which initiated visiting libraries and consequently he became fascinated with history. After 9 years of intensive research he realised that the amount of knowledge gained should not be allowed to disappear and his design engineering background meant that he had an inbuilt belief in attention to detail.