I was born in Derby and gained my education at Staffordshire University before finally settling down in the beautiful Cotswolds Spa town of Cheltenham where I have lived for the last 20 years.
By trade I am an IT Contractor specialising in the testing & validation of application software in the manufacturing space. My clients include software vendors such as Microsoft, Professional Services companies, various Formula 1 teams, and charities.
I have also for many years, been an investor in Antique Pottery, Fine Wine and most significantly, property.
My first property purchase was a flat in Salford, Manchester in 2006 which I still rent out to this day and my existing portfolio is now spread out over South Wales, Manchester and Gloucestershire.
Fast forward to October 2016 where I went along to the Property Investor show at Excel in London with the goal to answer one question – should I get out of property altogether or continue to invest?
I came away wanting to take my portfolio more serious and stop treating it like a hobby. I also realised that I had to invest in far more than the property itself – I had to develop both myself as an individual and my knowledge via a specialist education.
Since then I have surrounded myself with the right people and taken the time to learn. I now have the confidence and ability to invest wisely and using the right knowledge and tools.