Les was born in Exeter in 1948, in St. Leonard’s, but left when he was 16 years old to join the Royal Navy.
He served for 14 years, attaining the rank of Petty Officer, Anti-Submarine Warfare Director, leaving in 1978 to join the Prison Service.
He completed 20 years as a Governor in the Prison Service, in various prisons around the country, retiring in 1998.
He now spends his time working for local Charitable Organisations and helping in a variety of capacities at the local Amateur Theatre.
He is married with two adult children and five grand-children.
He enjoys malt whisky, fine wines and good food.