I joined the BEA board in September 2013.
Originally from Just south of London I moved to Leeds in 1997 to study for a Masters degree. Finding it true what they say about people in the North being more friendly and realising the countryside surrounding Leeds is some of the most beautiful in the UK I decided to stay and try to become an adopted Yorkshireman!
Since 1997 I have moved away for periods, mainly to work overseas, but have always come back to where I now consider home.
I have a wealth of experience in community development and have worked for organisations as diverse as Voluntary Service Overseas, Kirklees Council and Eastmoor Community Project in Wakefield. I currently work at Zest Health for Life in East Leeds, where I coordinate a project called evolve aimed at developing a hub for volunteering across East Leeds.
I now live in Rodley, where I have a wonderful house overlooking the canal and nature reserve. I try to keep myself busy by biking, running and walking.