I studied optometry at City University and was awarded a First Class Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in 1993. I carried out my pre-registration post at the Kent County Ophthalmic and Aural Hospital in Maidstone and passed my professional qualifications in 1994. Subsequently I registered as an optometrist with the General Optical Council in 1994. Throughout my career, I have worked mainly in independent practices and providing optometric services in the community. I am married with two boys and enjoy playing tennis at the weekends with the family.