About me

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

Image courtesy Mayavision International
Image courtesy Mayavision International

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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