About me

My background is in broadcast journalism, having worked as a Senior Broadcast Journalist for the BBC. I have a BA degree in Psychology (Durham) and an MA degree in Local and Regional History (Nottingham).

I hold the Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) from the Society of Local Council Clerks and work as a freelance consultant with the Leicestershire and Rutland Association of Parish Councils.

I have worked with five parish councils and committees, and on neighbourhood planning, community managed libraries, recreation areas and cemetery management.  I also advise on using social and news media to engage with communities and on community heritage strategies.

I was part of the production team for the BBC series The Story of England (2009) and Great British Story (2011) presented by historian Michael Wood.   In 2014/15, I provided the research, text and images for eighteen heritage panels for Leicester City Council.

My books are mainly about local and British history, published by Amberley Publishing, Pen & Sword and the History Press.  I have twenty-six books in print, and I am a trustee of a Community Managed Library.