Personal profile

Mr Ballard has a keen interest in general health issues.

He has been a keen sportsman all his life, football and athletics as a school boy. He is a black belt in TaeKwon Do (ITF) having practised for approximately 13 years. He also has many years experience of Judo, Freestyle Kickboxing and Muay Thai. His Sensai was an 8th Dan, one of only 3 in the UK, was also a doctor with an expertise in calanetics and he has passed on some of this knowledge. More recently he has been cycling and running, and completed the Keilder Marathon and the Coast to Coast bike ride (Whitehaven to Sunderland) in a day (138 miles).

He is also interested in lifestyles issues such as diet. He is a firm believer in the 2:5 diet (Dr Michael Mosely) for weight loss and general health and is a strong advocate of the Hairy Dieters' (Hairy Bikers) Cook Book.

He is married and has three children.

Mr Paul A Ballard MBChB MD FRCOG PGDipLaw