Chris was born of Scottish father and English mother in the Cotswolds in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, and has lived all over the UK including Scotland (Fife), Wales (Monmouthshire & Pembrokeshire), Dorset, Devon, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Buckinghamshire, London & Kent and travelled around the rest of the UK playing golf and visiting interesting and historic places.
He has been a Royal Marines Commando, a Prison Officer and 32 years a London Metropolitan Police Officer, mostly with the Counter Terrorist Command Specialist Search Team. In his “retirement” Chris now trains security personnel at home and abroad in “How to find and deal with nasty things”! His great love of rugby union, he played for 50 seasons, mainly for the social life, has drawn him to training the security personnel at Twickenham Stadium, the home of English Rugby – and he gets to watch the games.
Chris is married with four grown up children - two daughters, two sons and a 3 year old grandson who keeps him young and exhausted.
He enjoys walking his dogs, riding his motorbike, playing golf (badly), reading historical novels and telling stories about how good he was when he played rugby!
Chris loves meeting people and learning about their countries, traditions and cultures. He has a passion for the history and historical places of Britain and loves researching and finding odd and interesting facts and locations. This has led him to Back Roads Touring, the beautiful, scenic and historical places that they visit and the way that they do it.