He was born in Ceylon and moved to the UK with his parents before World War 11, entering the NCP in 1941.
In later life he joined Union Castle and, as a cadet, sailed in one of the last large convoys of the war with over one hundred ships to Canada. He left the sea having obtained his 2nd Mate’s certificate and became articled to Binder Hamlyn, a firm of chartered accountants, in London, qualifying in 1957.
He became a partner in 1959 and remained with the firm until 1987. He then joined the board of Boucheron, the French jewellery business.
Retiring in 2000, he continued to work hard to raise money for charities, in particular Combat Stress which helps ex-servicemen and the Order of St. John which helps vulnerable people.