My working career started when I joined the Royal Navy in 1974 at the age of 16, leaving in 1980. I went on to become a shoe shop manager with the now defunct British Shoe Corporation. After being made redundant I took a job as a resident caretaker in a school in Brentwood Essex, eventually moving to Saffron Walden in 1989 and joining Uttlesford District Council, and then becoming the Facilities Manager. After my RTC I returned to work doing about 12 hours a week as an Organisational re-engineer and was given early retirement in 2008. Some years later I found a 3 wheel motor cycle which I could move without any pressure on my knees and joined Essex Blood Runners delivering blood to various hospitals and other relay points out of hours, however after having an unscheduled dismount I decided to give up motor cycling and volunteered to take people to various medical appointments on behalf of Uttlesford Community Travel.