Tim was educated at Mount House School and Kelly College, Tavistock, which he left at the age of 17 to become a Solicitor and Notary Public. He was a partner at Foot & Bowden, Plymouth and Clerk to the Governors at Kelly College, before becoming a Consultant with Gill Akaster, Plymouth. Tim is a former Trustee and Life Member of Fortescue Garden Trust, Buckland Monachorum, and is a Trustee of the Bryan Foster Charitable Trust and Lady Modiford Trust. He is married to Susanna and they have a daughter and a son. Tim was formerly a Churchwarden at St Paul's Church, Yelverton and volunteers at Buckland Abbey.