I was born in Kingston upon Hull in the early fifties.

I have lived in Hackney, London, UK,  for thirty years.

In 1986 I founded “At the Sign of the Chest of Drawers” in Upper Street, Islington and ran it  for 15 years when I sold it to the staff.

I have had a long term interest in conservation and protecting the built environment and local history. I was a trustee of the Angel Improvement Trust and have been and am a member of various conservation groups in Hackney.

In 1994 I took a mature degree in Law at City University and in 1997 was called to the bar. I have never practised professionally but I have represented numerous people at Disability and Employment Tribunals for the Free Representation Unit and I was an adviser and board member of the Stoke Newington Advice Service.  I have  been a lay visitor to police stations and was chair of the Islington panel.

I have also sat as a board member of Islington Chamber of Commerce,  a co-opted member of Islington Planning sub-committee, and was a co-opted member of the Stoke Newington Neighbourhood Forum.

I stood unsuccessfully for election to Hackney Council as a Liberal Democrat in 2010,  2014 and 2018

And I have been a Member of Council of the British Motorcyclists Federation.

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