Vernon is a Civil Servant and has spent many years working across Government in the law enforcement sector. He is also seconded as a subject matter expert to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD), to travel to other countries to share expertise and experience.
Having initially trained in accountancy, during a varied career he has worked for the World Bank in developing countries, been a policy advisor to Ministers, represented the UK Government at various European Union bodies and managed all the legal, logistical and HR issues arising from running a complex operational environment.
Vernon is trained and well experienced in giving media interviews and public relations and has represented the National Garden Scheme at the major RHS shows.
He is Chair of Governors at Barlborough primary school as well as being a Governor at Netherthorpe secondary school, an academy with over 1200 pupils. He is also a Churchwarden and sits on the Deanery Synod.
Vernon and his wife Christine, both Assistant County Organisers for Derbyshire have opened their garden for the National Garden Scheme since 2012. They have also recently taken on the challenge of renting an allotment in a nearby Community Garden where they hope to increase their supply of fruit and veg from which they produce a range of jams and chutneys that are sold to raise funds for the National Garden Scheme.
Vernon was appointed as a Trustee of the National Garden Scheme in March 2020.