About me

I provide consultancy services to community groups and community-level councils.  I am a freelance Associate of Local Council Consultancy and an Affiliate Member of the Society of Local Council Clerks.   

I have worked as a clerk to several parish councils and I have hands-on experience of neighbourhood planning, cemetery management,  and managing community allotments and recreational facilities.

My background is in broadcast journalism and local council administration. My academic qualifications include a BA in Psychology from Durham University and an MA in Regional and Local History from Nottingham University.  I hold the Certificate in Local Council Administration from the Society of Local Council Clerks. 

I was formerly a member of a BBC local radio management team and a Senior Broadcast Journalist.   In 2009-2011, I was part of the production team for the BBC series The Story of England  and Great British Story written and presented by historian Professor Michael Wood.  

I have provided the research, text and images for twenty-nine heritage interpretation panels for Leicester City Council.

My books are mainly about social history, published by Amberley Publishing, Pen & Sword and the History Press.   I have twenty-six titles in print.