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About Me

I have lived in the East Marsh Ward for over 30 years and have represented the ward since 2003, winning the ward from a Labour Councillor and then Deputy Leader of the Council.

I am married to my wife Carol and we have three grown up sons, and two smashing grandchildren (Nathan and James). I was born and bred in Grimsby and have lived here all my life except for 9 months while I was working in Canada. I know many people call my hometown, but I would not want to live anywhere else, and don’t forget even the great Elton John actually sang a song called “Grimsby”.

Prior to being an active member of the Liberal Democrat Party I used to work for Birds Eye as maintenance fitter until I developed epilepsy in 1988. I then went onto University and studied a degree in Politics and Sociology and at York University gaining a BA Hons Degree (2:1).

After leaving University I supported a local epilepsy charity, and spoke at a number of national conferences. Our dog Jip use to know exactly when I was going to have a seizure and would pin me into the chair well in advance of any oncoming seizure, he would also follow me around the house and keep me safe during the seizure. The National Society for Epilepsy heard about this, and I appeared on the TV programme “Carol Vorderman and Mysteries”. I was filming for twelve hours for just a ten minutes slot. Carol came around to our house and we filmed in People’s Park, she’s really down to Earth – well that’s my claim to fame.

Now back to politics, prior to May of this year I was the Chair of the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Panel, and I still have a great interest in all matters relating to children’s services. I am school governor at Queen Mary Infant School and the Chair of the Local Authority Pupil Referral Unit.

At present I am Portfolio Holder for Communities and the Neighbourhoods and I have responsibility for Community Safety, Community Cohesion, Community Engagement, Trading Standards, Public Protection, and the Neighbourhood Agenda amongst other things. For further information about the committees and outside bodies that I serve on, please visit: