I attended my local Glynn Primary School and then Larne Grammar School. I then continued my studies at Queen’s University Belfast and gained an Honours Degree in Engineering. After leaving University I worked within Production management in manufacturing companies in Larne, Carrickfergus and Belfast.I was born in 1962 and was brought up on, and continue to live on, the family farm near Glenoe, located between Larne and Carrickfergus.
I was a member of the Young Farmers Club of Ulster and played rugby for Larne RFC 1st XV. I now enjoy watching sport, cycling and taking long country walks with my family and relaxing with the odd glass of red wine. I also assist my parents on their farm enterprise.
Sandra and I married in 1989 and we have three children. Our two sons are now working and our daughter has recently completed her university education.
I was first elected in 1998 as an Ulster Unionist Assembly Member for East Antrim. In June 2001, I was also elected to Carrickfergus Borough Council, and continued to serve as a local councillor for some 10 years.