I provide consultancy services and support to community-level councils, parish meetings, charitable trusts and neighbourhood planning groups. I am a freelance Associate of the Local Council Consultancy which is operated by the Society for Local Council Clerks.
My background is in broadcast journalism. I am a former member of a BBC local radio management team and worked as a Senior Broadcast Journalist.
My academic qualifications include BA Psychology from Durham University and MA Regional and Local History from Nottingham University. I hold the Certificate in Local Council Administration from the Society of Local Council Clerks.
Now based in a village on the North York Moors, I also write books about history, take on research and heritage projects, and use photography to illustrate my work.
BBC Leicester Open Centre
In 2005, as the newly-appointed Open Centre Manager, I launched the BBC Leicester Open Centre, giving listeners the opportunity to be part of creative programme-making, from charity fashion shows to Diwali celebrations.
BBC Television history programmes
I was part of the production team for the BBC series The Story of England (2009) and Great British Story (2011) 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 local and British history, published by Amberley Publishing, Pen & Sword and the History Press. I have twenty-six titles in print.
I have co-ordinated Neighbourhood Planning Groups and have experience in cemetery management, setting up community allotments, running community-managed libraries and managing recreation areas.
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