Born in Birmingham, I am the Birmingham City Councillor for Sutton Wylde Green, the Shadow Cabinet Member for Children’s Wellbeing, a local magistrate and a school governor at several schools in Birmingham; including one for children with SEND. I am also currently a trustee of the Birmingham CBSO and the Sutton Coldfield YMCA, and on the committee for the Sutton Coldfield Chamber of Commerce. Before getting elected in 2015, I ran a chain of takeaways, taught English in Shanghai through the British Council and volunteered across Africa. I was delighted to be the Parliamentary Candidate for the Conservative Party for Birmingham Edgbaston in 2019, and a proud father of two.
A proud one-nation Conservative, I was also the treasurer for the Conservative Christian Fellowship, supporter of CFID (Conservatives Friends for International Development) and have been with them on two projects to Rwanda and Tanzania through the Conservative project Umubano.
After teaching English (although dyslexic!) in Shanghai for a year, I returned to the family takeaway business which I eventually took over and expanded. I sold the business after running it for some 8 years in 2014 when I stood for election for Birmingham City Council in 2015.
Back in 2005 after graduating from University with a Masters in International Relations, I spent some time volunteering in Africa and teaching in China. My experiences there taught me several life lessons which I carry through to today.
The first of these is the shocking disparity across the world between those who have and those who do not have, and the tragic circumstances that some are born into, through no fault of their own and have to live with on a day-to-day basis.
The second of these is the capacity of generosity that we all have within, from generations of missionaries in Ghana, to gap-year students who want to make a bit of difference to the lives of people they don’t know.
The third is a hope and desire to make a difference to what we care about and to leave things better than how we found them.
I strongly believe in civic duty and in giving something back to the community. There are a number of causes I passionately believe in. Having suffered with mental health in the past I am a strong supporter of adult mental health and the charities Mind and Papyrus having done fund-raising for them in the past. I am also proud to be British Chinese and proudly carry my heritage with me.