Tim lives with his wife Heather and their 3 boys in North Suffolk and has been married for 26 years. He was born in Felixstowe before the family moved to the village of Witnesham near Ipswich – a town he knows particularly well. Tim was educated at Ipswich School before taking a degree in Agriculture at Wye College, University of London, majoring in management, marketing and economics. More recently he graduated from the Open University with an MBA, taking modules in marketing, international enterprise, strategy and financial strategy.
Tim is a self – employed agricultural and rural business consultant. During the last 30 years he has been an intensive livestock producer and has advised on pig production and genetic breeding programmes across Europe, North America and Asia. This included delivering seminars and lecture tours to a wide variety of farming and agribusiness organisations.
One of the most interesting projects he was involved with was securing a large Defra grant of £500,000 for the re-establishment of hop production in Suffolk after a gap of over 100 years. Tim also has extensive experience in Suffolk’s tourist economy which is currently worth over £1.7 billion per year to the county’s economy. He is particularly passionate about Suffolk’s food and drink economy which has one of the best offers in the UK and has considerable potential for expansion.
For the last 10 years Tim has been an active Rugby Union referee at both adult and junior levels. He officiates at a wide range of clubs across East Anglia and regularly referees at clubs out of the area as far away as Leicester, Winchester and London. Other voluntary work included running the First Eye Scout Group for 25 years.