I live in Beeston with my wife, Jane, and my two daughters Sophie and Lilly. I've lived in Broxtowe most of my life. I was born in Nottingham City Hospital in 1973 and was brought up by my parents in Attenborough. I went to Meadow Lane, College House and Chilwell schools.
Leaving home for University took me to Sheffield, where I studied environmental engineering. I returned home shortly after, and took what I thought would be a short term job at Pork Farms to tide me over the Summer. I ended up staying for over a year, working day and night shifts in the freezers, ovens and on all the production lines before I moved into working at the Environment Agency.
Initially I had to move for work, first to Lincoln and then to Ipswich, but I always found that my heart was firmly in Beeston and I longed to come back. In 2001 I returned to Beeston, and I still work for the Environment Agency over twenty years later. I’m a Senior Water Resource Advisor, where I work closely with the water industry, protecting our water environment for now and for future generations. It's a responsible job which involves financially managing large scale national water programmes.
Jane and I met through work in 2001, and we have been happily married since 2006. We have two young daughters who attend the local state schools. We also have a dog, cat and rabbit! We have of course chosen to make Beeston our home and we love the people, community and atmosphere not just in Beeston but right across Broxtowe.
In 2011, I decided to stand for election to Broxtowe Borough Council, to represent Beeston West, the ward where I live. It wasn't an easy decision to stand, having to balance my commitments between my family, my work and the Council, but it was important to me to stand up for the people in our society that don't always have a voice.
Since I've been elected I've done just that. I promised to stand up and fight against the Tory cuts to the borough, making sure that local people are protected from the effects of austerity. One of my proudest achievements on the Council has been to put in place a policy protecting people who can't afford to pay the bedroom tax from being evicted. I also led the campaign for the Council to become a living wage employer, which lifted the wages of many local workers.
I am a keen amateur sportsman and for over 25 years I have played football, cricket, snooker and table tennis across Nottinghamshire. It sometimes feels like there isn’t a football or cricket pitch that I haven’t played on in Broxtowe. Ultimately though, I am like any other family man: my favourite way to spend time is relaxing with my family and friends.
I'm not a career politician in any way. I'm a normal, hard working man that cares deeply about our community in Broxtowe. You're as likely to find me taking part in my local pub quiz with my friends and neighbours; heading to the football on a Saturday afternoon, or walking my dog at Cator Lane. If you see me, stop me and say hello: I'm always keen to chat with local people and I'll always do what I can to help you. Just like when I moved away from Beeston and realised I had to come back, my heart will always be here in Broxtowe. I will always stand up for Broxtowe, because I am from Broxtowe, and I am for Broxtowe.