I originally trained as an industrial designer and spent my early career as an interior designer, including working on projects for Oxford University, Scottish Opera and Ampleforth College. Later, I managed my own company designing and creating office interiors and I have many years of contract management experience.

Throughout my life I have been involved as a volunteer, trustee and chairman with many charities, mainly in the areas of green and built environmental conservation and volunteering. My trusteeships have included the Conservation Volunteers, Butterfly Conservation and the Quorn Old School. I lobbied in Parliament for the 2005 Charities Act and worked as a consultant grant assessor for the Big Lottery. I have extensive knowledge of governance and have written and lectured on its application.

As a Councillor for Quorn, I take a particular interest in the green environment and also the quality of the buildings, public spaces and public horticulture of the village. I serve on the Grounds and Facilities Committee, the Finance and General Purposes Committee, the Old School Working Group and the Staff Working Group.