My background is in broadcast journalism. I was formerly a member of a BBC local radio management team and worked as a Senior Broadcast Journalist.
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 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 provide consultancy services and support to community groups and community-level councils. I have co-ordinated Neighbourhood Planning Groups and have experience in cemetery management, setting up community allotments, running community-managed libraries and managing recreation and play areas.
I am a freelance Associate of the Local Council Consultancy which is operated by the Society for Local Council Clerks.
The BBC Leicester Open Centre
In 2005, I launched the BBC Leicester Open Centre, giving listeners the opportunity to be part of creative programme-making. The events included Cancer Research Pink Party, musical performances representing the diversity of Leicester's fath community, and an LGBT Awareness event.