I am a published writer and historian specialising in local social and industrial heritage. Since 2000 I have written a weekly column for the Staffordshire Sentinel and broadcast regularly for the BBC on local history and comment. Recent published works include Mother Town 2000; Images of Burslem, 2005; Roses From Ashes, 2012; History of Knights Solicitors, 2014; ‘Strike’: Miners’ Strike 30-years On, 2015.
Professional life: 3 years British Armed Forces; 26 years Police Officer; 5 years Office Manager for Joan Walley MP.
Voluntary Sector: Stoke-on-Trent City Councillor, Staffordshire County Councillor, 1988-1997.
Founder member Burslem Community Development Trust 1992-2003.
School governing bodies 1988-1994 – LEA, Sneyd Green Primary, Mill Hill Primary, Community Governor Haywood Academy 2007 to date.
Chair trustees Mitchell Arts Centre 2010-2013 steering the process of Community Asset Transfer. Chair Friends Bethesda Chapel restoration 2005 to date.
I consider myself a champion of youth and community development and cohesion. I believe in all-through education with skilled leadership and management structures. I believe in the inclusion of parents/carers of children and members of the local community in governance, and that such groups acquire a full range of skills and experience through effective training.
I strongly believe that young people are promoted to achieve individual lifelong opportunities in raising achievement and aspiration regardless of where they live, at which school they are taught, and their family background.