I studied town and country planning at Hammersmith College of Design and Building and Trent University being elected Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in 1974. I worked in Berkshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire specialising in historic building conservation until 1985 when I became Museum Director of a new venture to preserve a 19th century working brewery in Burton-upon-Trent. This involved marketing, development and research, including presenting a BBC2 beer documentary.
In 1990 I came to Norfolk County Council as historic buildings officer working with a small team of specialists on all building conservation issues. I completed a six month research project on wood tars as a timber preservative and linseed oil based paints. I have been a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) since 1997, was national treasurer for ten years and regional chairman for six.
I retired in 2010 but remain involved with planning and building conservation issues groups, trusts and organisations.