Bernard Turnbull was born in the North East of England in 1944. He was educated at Bygate School and the University of Warwick where he graduated as an Economist.

His career began in marketing then moved to designing business processes. He retired as Managing Director of a software house in 1998. Bernard then founded a landscaping and maintenance business providing services to the building industry. He retired again in 2013 when he sold the business and he and his wife spend time at their houses in the Midlands and in Rottingdean.

Bernard has had a lifelong passion for music. He aims to use his business skills to promote musical experience in the wider community. He is currently Chairman and Trustee of the Beacon Hub Charity, Director of a Residents Association and a committee member of Rottingdean Arts