Professional background: Tony Vaux worked for Oxfam for nearly thirty years. He supported community development in India and planned Oxfam's responses to emergencies. He later worked as a adviser to the UK Government and UN agencies on the links between poverty and conflict.

Local background: He moved to Caldbeck in the Lake District in 2003 and in 2018 published a history of that area- 'Caldbeck -A Special Part of Lakeland'. 

Interests: Include fell-walking, hill-farming and public access to land in Cumbria.