I joined the BEA board in April 2013.
Still labelled a “soft southerner’, I’ve lived in Kirkstall for over 30 years, but was born and brought up in a leafy part of Essex. I qualified as a town planner, and later a chartered surveyor, and spent my early years working on development of English new towns, mainly at Telford.
I came to Harrogate to work and spent the latter part of my career at Harrogate International Centre, one of the UK’s largest such venues, retiring as Director in 2010. I then devoted two years to writing a book about Yorkshire, which was published in 2013. I’m married to Caroline, whose mother was born in Bramley and still lives there. We have two grown up sons and two small granddaughters.