Fergus is a South Islander by birth; raised in Central Hawkes Bay; came to Auckland as a teenager to attend Auckland Grammar School, and has been here (more or less) ever since.
He was a member of the NZ Police for 28 years retiring as an Inspector. Most of his service was in the Auckland and Manukau precincts with special responsibilities for ethnic gangs, political groups and the international airport.
He has a MA (Hons)in African & Asian politics & history from Auckland University, and an MS in Criminal Justice administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Fergus lived in the USA for 2 years in Richmond, VA as a Harkness Fellow and has been the International Chairman and later President of the International Christian Youth Exchange based in Berlin Germany.
On this program he was assisted by his wife Chrisanthi, who was a scientist (research chemist) at the then DSIR. She was the Asian Regional Co-ordinator for that program, and together in 1995 they left their jobs to set up ARK International Exchange Programs which receives high school students from a number of countries and sends young NZ women to the USA as au pairs.
Fergus has a Presbyterian background but despite that disadvantage, he has been associated with St Matthews since the mid 1970s, serving for more than a decade on the vestry and a regular choir member.