Writer, researcher and parish council adviser
I was born
in Somerset, and in my teenage years worked for a seaside photography
studio, later writing history articles for a free local newspaper, before going to university.
gained a BA degree is Psychology from Durham University and joined the BBC as a
Studio Manager at Broadcasting House and the BBC World Service.
I was a Senior Broadcast
Journalist and a member of a local station's management team until 2011
when I decided to become a full-time writer, researcher, and to work with parish councils.
My MA degree is in English Local History (Nottingham) and I hold the Certificate in Local Government Administration. Currently, I work with five parish bodies, and I am a trustee of my local Community Library.
Talks & Research
British Retail and the men who shaped it
Many of the high street names that meet our twenty-first century needs began with men and women who had ideas, imagination and sheer determination in a different age.
Shopping is a universal part of modern-day life, and in British Retail
and the Men Who Shaped It we look at the people behind the corporations
that built the modern-day high street and changed the way we shopped.
This book is a celebration of the people who, through self-belief and
determination created the multi-million-pound retail businesses we use
Published by Pen & Sword
3 August 2018
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots
Research for Michael Wood's BBC Television series
It was a privilege to work with Michael Wood and his Mayavision International team on their groundbreaking BBC television series
of England in 2009/10, which included local research and co-organising the 'Kibworth Dig' when we dug over fifty test pits and recorded the finds.
Later, I provided production support for Mayavision International's Great British Story : A People's History, broadcast on BBC2 and BBC4 in 2011/12.
Study the past if you would define the future
Leicester City Heritage Panels
I undertook the research and wrote the text for twenty heritage panels installed at
locations in Leicester in 2014-15. A wonderful breadth of material from Cardinal Wolsey to Sid James!
Commissioned by Leicester City Council and created by The Art Department, Nottingham.