was born in Swinley, Wigan
attended the Wesleyan day school and then Wigan
Grammar School (1942-49)
studied law at Liverpool University .
did National Service in Hong Kong and Singapore.
started work as a solicitor in private practice in St
Helens and then went into local government, first in Wigan where he
Deputy Town Clerk.
the reorganisation of local government in 1974 he
moved to Salford as City Administrator and retired in 1992.