Proud native Londoner. Descendant of Thomas Heard baptised 1485 in Finchingfield, Essex. Profoundly English, lower middle class: 11+ crammer, county grammar school, red-brick university. UK civil servant for 30+ years. Ordained CofE 2004. Former political aide to the Bishop of London, jobbing chaplain, suburban curate. Loyal, sociable, romantic, cheerful, a bit rude. Non-conservative Tory. High Church, credally orthodox, culturally liberal. Freeman of the City of London. Likes: singing, growing things, birds, the 60s, sad songs, Victorian hymnody, contemporary fiction, poetry. Feels: very lucky.