My friends and family would describe me as a laid back surfer type, with a positive attitude and a habit of having an affair with mother nature.
I left the Royal Navy when I was 21 for a girl - that didn't quite go to plan so instead I found myself travelling the world.
On my return I fell into the carpentry trade with my dad (Peter Harvey, Master Carpenter) who’s reputation was built on the quality of his workmanship, not his tendency to tell really bad jokes. The first year or so I was just his slave, passing the tools, making teas and sweeping up. I even named the broom the ‘Peter Pusher’ but during that long painful year I watched and soaked up as much knowledge as I could.
We became a good team, working together for 11 years up until his retirement in 2014. He’s now off in his motorhome and I've been flying solo ever since.
I am good at what I do, and I enjoy the fact that every week brings a different challenge, a different problem to solve, and a new customer to win over with my attention to detail.
My brain is always ticking, reinventing and creating. Friends and family love my imaginative streak and ability to make things from recycled or unusual materials. I have my love of Lego to thank for that.
Away from work I try to get the best out of life. I'm a family man and spending quality time with loved ones is important to me.
As for hobbies, anything extreme gets my blood pumping but nothing beats a surf or a dive, a chance to soak my salty bones.
I've missed many a birthday party or a Sunday dinner for the opportunity to get wet.
My partner Vicki will tell you I am a better man after I've been bathed by my one other true love ‘Beautiful mother nature’ the only other woman i am permitted to spend time with. I believe the only affair a man could get away with and still come home to a brew and a biscuit waiting for him!
Of course I am only human....and everyone has their weaknesses! Mine are baked beans, peanuts and evil dust mites, these are my kryptonite.
I do not hate anything, there is too much hate in the world but I do dislike energy takers and negative people. In the words of Albert Einstein “Stay away from negative people, they have a problem for every solution” and I believe this to be true.
Mongoose & Turtle has been a dream that is now a reality. I am excited to work with my good friend Richard and know that our combined experience, knowledge and skills will serve us well for the journey ahead.