I was born in Rugby, England and educated at Eton College and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. At Cambridge I was heavily involved in party politics, serving for a term as Chairman of the Cambridge Tory Reform Group. This connection enabled me to work at Parliament during a summer vacation as a research assistant to the House of Commons Select Committee on Energy.
After graduating with a 2:1 in Geography I joined Metal Box as a management trainee and worked in Aintree, Liverpool for 18 months during one of the most turbulent times in British industrial history - the early days of the Thatcher revolution. The highlight for me was working as a volunteer for the Tory election campaign of 1983 when we unseated Shirley Williams as the Social Democratic MP for Crosby.
In January 1984 I joined an overland expedition from London to Nairobi, Kenya. Arriving in Johannesburg in September, I have lived in South Africa ever since (apart 2002-2004 which I spent mainly in the USA). My career has included spells in publishing, multimedia communications, marketing, e-commerce, property sales, product distribution and event management. I joined Adele Lucas Promotions in 2005 as Sales Director and was appointed Managing Director in 2010 after the sudden death of founder, Adele Lucas.
I live in Johannesburg and am married to Diana Lucas, an award-winning TV producer and director, well known for her 25-year contribution to the weekly Carte Blanche actually programme.
My involvement in DA politics began in 2009 with the formation of the Parks branch in Johannesburg to support the councillor in Ward 87. When the boundaries were re-drawn I was among the activists who formed the branch in Ward 117, where Tim Truluck is the ward councillor and doing an excellent job. I was co-opted onto the Sandton Constituency executive in 2013 and elected Treasurer in October 2013.
In 2011 I spearheaded a research project for the DA on the business needs and political affiliations of small black entrepreneurs, both established and informal. This has since been incorporated into DA party policy.
In the run up to the election I am focusing my political activities in Soweto.