I live in Wiveliscombe and am married with two children, who attended local schools, with one still at Kingsmead and the eldest now at university.
As a Somerset West and Taunton District Councillor, I have a seat on the Scrutiny Committee and on Somerset Waste Board, where I am one of two representatives for the Council. I am also the Shadow Portfolio Holder for Climate Change and in the Independents group, which is the second largest on the Council, with 16 members (14 Independent and 2 Green).
Before retiring early in 2017, I worked in recycling and waste services for local authorities. During my career, I also worked for a recycling services contractor and for Friends of the Earth. I was involved in developing and managing pioneering recycling services in the UK and throughout Somerset. These included the UK’s first modern kerbside collections in Sheffield in 1989, award-winning kerbside sort collections in Bath in the 1990s, the UK’s first food waste collections in Somerset in 2004 and the Recycle More trials in Wiveliscombe in 2014. There is extensive information on all these initiatives at: dmrecycling.info.
I was a founder of Wivey Action on Climate & Environment in 2014 and am the group’s secretary.
I am an active Wiveliscombe Town Councillor, contributing to the sub-committee which helped to save and take over the town’s public toilets and had a central role in helping to save Wiveliscombe library from closure.
I enjoy cycling, local walks, playing badminton and visiting nearby beaches and Wimbleball Lake.
In 2018, I was elected at a by-election as Taunton Deane Borough Councillor for Wiveliscombe and West Deane, which covers Ashbrittle, Bathealton, Chipstable, Stawley and Wiveliscombe. In my first year as a district councillor, I was TDBC’s representative on the Joint Scrutiny Panel for Somerset Waste Board and had a seat on the Shadow Scrutiny Committee for the new Shadow Authority, which was formed by merging TDBC and West Somerset Council from April 2019.
In 2019, I was re-elected for the larger ward of Wiveliscombe and District (covering the town and 10 neighbouring parishes) on the new Somerset West and Taunton Council.
I have an environmental sciences degree (first class honours) from the University of East Anglia and am a member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences. Previously, I was a member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and I am also a qualified Project Manager.