I am currently Chair of the Board of INTACT, having originally been invited to become a Trustee of Intag after I became the local councillor.
I was first elected onto Preston City Council in 2003, and I am now Leader of the Liberal Democrats on the City Council. I'm Chair of the Governors of Ingol Community Primary School, and I’m on the Board of the local Citizens Advice Bureau.
My wife Mavis and I live in Fulwood. We have a daughter, Debbie, who lives close by with her husband Simon and my granddaughter Cara.
The whole of my working life was spent in the Co-operative sector, and I moved to Preston in 1981 to work for the Greater Lancastria Co-op. Most of my work was in marketing, but my final role was as Corporate Affairs Director for the Co-operative Group in Manchester.
After retiring in October 2002, I went back to University, graduating MA in History from Lancaster University in 2004, and PhD in July 2009.
I continue to do historical research in my spare time, and often lecture to local historical societies. I am also Vice-President of the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society, Treasurer of the Lancashire Archaeological Society, and a Trustee of the Cumbria County History Trust.