I am a lifelong resident of Bangor and attended Trinity Primary School and Bangor Grammar School. My father owned a pharmacy on the Clandeboye Road for 30 years. I am a former civil servant in the Department of Education and took a part-time degree at the Open University. In 1973 left the civil service to do a full-time Masters degree in Politics at the University of Strathclyde.
After I completed my Masters at Strathclyde I returned to Northern Ireland to take up a lecturing post in Omagh Technical College. In 1979 I transferred to the College of Business Studies, Belfast as a lecturer in government and economics. For the next 25 years I worked as a lecturer / senior lecturer at BIFHE.
In 1979 I married Anne (Councillor Anne Wilson) whom I met when studying in Scotland. We have two children Scott born in 1980 and Allan 1982 along with two children Roy and Caroline from Anne’s previous marriage.
I was a councillor on North Down Council for 34 years (1981-2015) and have chaired most of the major committees.
I had the great honour of being Mayor of North Down in 1993/4. Ten years later, Anne was also elected as Mayor of North Down.
I am interested in sport and am a lifelong supporter of Bangor Football Club. I am also interested in protecting our environment and have been a member of many environmental organisations such as Green Peace, Friends of the Earth, Assisi and the Woodland Trust.
In recent years I have been involved in promoting Bangor’s Christian Heritage and served as Secretary to the Friends of Columbanus, Bangor. For the 1400th anniversary of Saint Columbanus’ death, in particular I followed Saint Columbanus’ journey from Bangor to Bobbio.
See my video for the 2007 election
Feel free to watch my video profile (2007) to find out more about me and what I stand for.