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I was born in Batley, Yorkshire, in 1966. I grew up in Yorkshire and in Malawi, Central Africa.

I studied law at Huddersfield Polytechnic, and then did my Solicitors Final Exams at the College of Law in London. I later completed a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Studies at Leicester University in 1998.

By profession I am a solicitor, although I also do a lot of work as a freelance lecturer, lecturing in legal matters and also on management issues.

I was first elected to Broxtowe Council in 1999 to represent the Stapleford North ward. Following boundary changes in 2003 I was re-elected for the Bramcote Ward, and became the chair of the Development Control committee. I was then re-elected in 2007 for Bramcote. I continued as chair of the Development Control committee until 2010 when I took over as leader of the council. In 2011 I was re-elected to represent Bramcote, but stood down as leader. Unfortunately in 2015 I lost my seat by 6 votes. I am now the Chair of the Broxtowe Liberal Democrats constituency party.

Away from work I am a keen musician, playing the guitar and piano. I am a fan of most sports, especially football and motor racing, and during 2003 I qualified for my scuba divers licence. More recently I’ve taken up astronomy as a hobby.

I’m married to Gill and we live with our two daughters, and a house full of animals in Bramcote.