I was born in La Calera, Chile, a small city 70 miles north of Santiago's capital. After completing my secondary education, I served a voluntary service mission for 18 months in Concepcion in 1983. It was there that I met Clare Elvidge, a British nurse; two years later, we got married and moved to England, where I obtained a Diploma and then a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Bedfordshire.
I am a co-founder and Director of ENA Care Group Ltd. based in Hertfordshire. In 2008 I was given an award by the Chilean Red Cross.
In 2010 I was elected a local Councillor representing Marshalswick North- East in the Parish of Sandridge in St Albans.
I received the Freedom of the City of London and became a Freeman and Liveryman for the Worshipful Company of Carmen in 2014. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
I have been involved with the Anglo Latin American Foundation since joining the Anglo Chilean Society back in 2009. For the last 10 years, I have organised a Carol Service in Aid of the poor children in Latin America. My wife and I are proud parents of 7 grown-up children and 6 grandchildren.