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.