North Antrim born and bred, married to Jennifer with two children, he is chair of the Employment and Learning committee and has been President of the Young Farmers' Clubs of Ulster and chairman of the Rural Youth Europe organisation.
Why did you want to become an MLA?
I became aware that the government did not always best serve the needs of everyone in society, or even give them a voice. I saw being actively involved in politics as a way of addressing these issues.
What single important issue would you hope to champion in the Assembly?
Across all areas of government there needs to be a greater focus on improving the quality of life for our working class communities.
What, if anything, is in most urgent need of change in the present Stormont system ?
We need a system where the Executive answers and is responsible to the Assembly and not where the Assembly answers to the Executive.