I’ve always been interested in security and the military since I was very young, and I joined the Army straight from school. I had a good career in the forces, so I wanted to do something related to that when I left. That’s over 30 years ago now. But there were opportunities to support the forces and different government departments… not to mention the chance for overseas travel and excellent conditions of service. Cheltenham felt like a long way away at the time, but there are good motorway links, so it wasn’t as big an upheaval as I thought it would be. In fact, it was an easy decision to make. That’s why I joined GCHQ.