I am a writer, researcher, community volunteer and local councillor. Along with my family this keeps me pretty busy.
My main research, at De Montfort University, is in Local Government Leadership and Austerity.
Besides the part time duties of a local ward councillor I also serve in the executive cabinet, currently as Spokesperson for People (Achieving Potential) which covers education, youth services, adult learning and more. I have previously held a number of other cabinet posts including, Corporate services, Children, Young People and Families, Development, Environment and Culture.
I have also worked as an elected member representative regionally and nationally for the Local Government Association, taking the lead on issues around improvement and innovation, particularly data and transparency.