I was born in Somerset. I always enjoyed writing and photography. I was editor of my school magazine and my church newsletter. Also in my teenage years I worked for a seaside photography studio, later writing history articles for local newspapers.
graduated from Durham University with a BA degree in Psychology and
joined the BBC as a
Studio Manager at Broadcasting House and the BBC World Service.
Later, I moved into production and became a producer and senior broadcast journalist.
was part of a local radio station's management team with
responsibility for the BBC Open Centre in Leicester until 2011. Then I became a
full-time writer, researcher, and adviser to parish councils.
My MA degree is in English Local History (Nottingham) and I have the Certificate in Local Government Administration (CiLCA) qualification.
I have worked with five parish councils and committees on neighbourhood planning, community managed libraries, recreation areas and cemetery management. I also advise on engaging with the news and social media and on community heritage strategies.
I worked with Maya Vision International and TV historian Michael Wood on the BBC series The Story of England (2009) and Great British Story (2011). In 2014 - 2015, 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 my local Community Library.