I started my apprenticeship in 1989, working in North Oxfordshire with Conway Freeman, a seventh generation thatcher. After that I came home to Wiltshire and set up my own business where I have practised traditional thatching for 30 years. In 2014, I was a part of a group of craftsmen who worked on an extension to a 17th century thatched house in Tisbury, Wiltshire. This team won the Salisbury Civic Society Conservation Award 2014. With 25 years of experience in traditional thatching methods, I have built a strong local reputation. In September 2015, I was awarded the Master Craftsman of the Year Award in the Blackmore Vale Media Business Awards 2015.