Most of my work in sustainable development over the past twenty years or so has been in UK local government. For seven years I worked for Warwickshire County Council as Head of Environment and Resources. However after over 25 years as an elected member or officer, I left Warwickshire CC and local government, at the end of 2011. You can see my reflections on local government, in an article in Town and Country Planning below. It also appears on my blog in a slightly updated form.
I am now working on supporting local authorities and their staff through Birmingham University’s Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) which I joined in October 2012. I am specialising in social enterprises and ‘staff mutuals’, sustainable development and strategic commissioning. I am also teaching and blogging regularly.
I am also working for a number of companies on ethical business practices, particularly in relation to sustainable development, most recently with the Poole-based cosmetics company Lush.
I have a number of other significant projects and commitments. Most important of these are my role as Vice-Chair of Garden Organic, based at Ryton-on-Dunsmore outside Coventry and as UK Advisory Board member for the Fund for the Environment and Urban Life based in Englewood NJ.