Tim lives with his wife Heather and their three boys in north Suffolk and was born in Felixstowe before moving to the village of Witnesham near Ipswich – a town he knows particularly well. Tim was educated at Ipswich School before taking a degree in Agriculture
at Wye College, University of London, majoring in management, marketing and economics. More recently he graduated from the Open University with an MBA, taking modules in marketing, international enterprise, strategy and financial strategy.
Prior to becoming Suffolk’s first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) he was an intensive livestock producer and advised on many genetic breeding programs across Europe, North and South America and Asia. He is a self - employed agricultural and rural business consultant delivering seminars and lecture tours to a wide variety of farming and agribusiness organisations. Tim also has extensive experience in Suffolk’s tourist economy, currently worth around £2billion per year. He is particularly passionate about Suffolk’s food and drink sector, which contains some of the best quality products in the world.
Before being elected as PCC in November 2012, he was Leader of Mid Suffolk District Council for eight years and chaired the Suffolk Public Sector Leaders Group.
Tim is still an active Rugby Union referee at both adult and junior levels, officiating at a wide range of clubs across East Anglia and beyond, as far away as Leicester, Winchester and Kent. Among his hobbies are growing English Scented Roses, enjoying real ale and single malt whisky. He is also an accomplished amateur bassoon player and is especially fond of baroque music.