The whole of my working life was spent in local government. As a solicitor, my early career was focused on town and country planning, town centre redevelopment and public inquiries. Later I moved towards corporate and strategic management, ending my career as Executive Director to Rugby Borough Council. In this role I dealt with organisational leadership and management; building services around customer demands and outcomes. For a period I was also the Council’s Compact Champion and grew to understand and appreciate the massive contribution the community and voluntary sector makes to local and national life.
I have had a lifelong interest in wildlife, conservation and the environment. On my retirement I became a trustee of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. I am also interested in education and have been a governor of Avon Valley School in Rugby for over twenty years. These two interests have recently come together with the Royal Society of Wildlife Trust’s project to open four Nature Schools in England with a view to delivering the National Curriculum through lessons centred on and in the natural environment. If these schools are successful, more will follow. Ed Green, the Chief Executive of WWT, initiated the project and one of the initial schools is proposed for the Camphill area of Nuneaton. A Multi- Academy Trust has been created to take the project forward and I have been appointed as one of its trustees and directors. My recreational interests are centred on being outdoors, long distance walking, trail running and bird watching.