I have lived and worked in Staffordshire for the last 17 years, ever since I was recruited by bet365 in 2006 as a software architect and development manager.
I am proud of the part I have played in the company's success - they contribute a huge amount to our local economy and provide thousands of well-paid and secure jobs. They are also a big export success for the UK and have always paid their taxes.
I am also the co-owner of Newcastle-based financial technology startup DivideBuy. Together with two friends from my village cricket team, I invested my own money in the concept. We started in a tiny office in Burslem but once we had proved our model worked we were able to attract venture capital and move to the Lymedale Business Park in 2015. In December 2018 we secured even more investment and moved to town centre premises on Brunswick Street, where we employ over 40 people.
I am married with three young children, two of which were born at the Royal Stoke, so we both appreciate hugely all that the NHS does for us here in Newcastle. We have both served as school governors in the past.
The chance to serve Newcastle-under-Lyme in Parliament is a tremendous honour and opportunity for me. My number one priority is to stop the stink coming from Walley's Quarry landfill in Silverdale. I am also passionate about seeking investment to our town making it an even better place for residents of all ages to live and work.
In Parliament I am a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee and the Procedure Committee. I sit on a wide range of All Party Parliamentary Groups including Surgical Mesh, Betting and Gaming, Ceramics, Coalfield Communities, Equipment for Disabled Children, Financial Technology, Humanist, Personal Banking and Fairer Financial Services and Social Media.
In October 2022, I was delighted to announce that I joined the Government and been appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the ministerial team at the Ministry of Justice, under the Lord Chancellor. The Ministry of Justice is a major government department, at the heart of the justice system. I am really enjoying the challenge and to supporting our Ministers at Westminster. Constituents should rest assured that I don’t envisage this having any impact on my work in Newcastle-under-Lyme, not least in continuing to fight for justice and accountability over Walley’s Quarry.
When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family, watching and playing cricket and quizzing.