I am 51 years old and have served on Durham County Council, North East England, for the last two years, and previous to that as Ward Councillor for Benfieldside on Derwentside District Council for five years.
I originally decided to stand as a Councillor because I wanted to ‘make a difference’, which I know is a cliche often used by politicians, but a genuine desire to improve my area, and make it a safe and clean area for its residents and improve their quality of life is what drives me.
I am a Benfieldside lad and, besides a break to go to university, have lived in the Division all of my life. My family have lived in Shotley Bridge and Blackhill since the mid 17oo’s, since my ancestor came here from Cornwall.
I have recently qualified as a teacher, and have also achieved an MA in Applied Sociology with Criminology and a BA in Social Studies.
As you can see, there are a variety of links at the top of the page detailing issues that I am involved/interested in, I urge you to have a look at them.