I am very interested in the exploration of using psychotropic plant-based medicines like ayahuasca and psilocybin to ease the suffering of people who have experienced trauma, addictions and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

I support related nonprofit organisations like ‘VETS’ (veterans for entheogenic therapy)

Married to Julia for 18 years and we have two children – a 17 year-old daughter and 14 year-old son. I work in the computing industry as a Client Director at Intel. Served in the Royal Marines for 6 years and completed 3 tours of duty on active service. I returned to serve as a reservist (and a sucker for punishment) 20 years later as the oldest front line commando in Helmand, Afghanistan.

I can thank the Marines for giving me a high tolerance to mud and so in the summer you will find me with my family and some of my oldest friends camping at Glastonbury, where I’ll be feeling like I’ve won the lottery for a few precious days.

I have enjoyed travelling to over forty countries on five continents. Given the opportunity, I would spend my entire life doing just that and then writing about it.