Gordon studied forestry at Aberdeen University and on qualification managed to secure a job with the Forestry Commission in Scotland. Over the past 32 years he has worked in a variety of locations throughout Scotland.
Starting life in Field Surveys at Achnacarry and then working as a Forester on the Isle of Mull then at Invergarry and subsequently Bettyhill before taking up the role of District Forester at Fort Augustus.
In 2002 Gordon was lucky enough to become Forest District Manager at Lochaber based in Fort William and then moved to take up a similar role in 2005 at Cowal and Trossachs Forest District based in Aberfoyle. Gordon lives with his wife Anne in Callander.