I am a freelance Associate of Local Council Consultancy and an Affiliate Member of the Society for Local Council Clerks. I work with community-level councils, parish meetings, charitable trusts, community-managed libraries and neighbourhood planning groups. I have also worked as a freelance consultant for the Leicestershire and Rutland Association of Local Councils.
My previous work has included supporting new councils and clerks, managing recreation grounds, allotments and cemeteries, steering neighbourhood planning groups, applying for grants and creating and testing community resilience plans.
I provide staffing, structure and governance reviews and appraisals for town and parish councils, and compile reports, business plans and strategic documents for submission to other local authorities.
I also advise on using social media to engage with communities, protecting and developing local heritage assets and operating community-managed libraries.
I provide consultancy services to community groups and community-level councils. I am a freelance Associate of Local Council Consultancy and an Affiliate Member of the Society of Local Council Clerks.
I have worked as a clerk to several parish councils and I have hands-on experience of neighbourhood planning, cemetery management, and managing community allotments and recreational facilities.
My background is in broadcast journalism and local council administration. 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 formerly a member of a BBC local radio management team and a Senior Broadcast Journalist. In 2009-2011, I was part of the production team for the BBC series The Story of England and Great British Story written and presented by historian Professor Michael Wood.
I have provided the research, text and images for twenty-nine heritage interpretation panels for Leicester City Council. In February 2021, Leicester City Council commissioned me to research material for a further eight panels.
My books are mainly about social and community history, published by Amberley Publishing, Pen & Sword and the History Press. I have twenty-six titles in print.