I am the County Councillor for Tunbridge Wells East, a constituency comprising Pembury, Sherwood and St James’ wards. Having served as a Tunbridge Wells Borough Councillor in Culverden Ward for two years, I was elected to Kent County Council in 2001. Twelve months later the Leader Sandy Bruce-Lockhart invited me to join his Cabinet with responsibility for Resources – Personnel, Property, Information Technology, Procurement, Website, Public Contact, eGovernment, Legal, Secretariat and Procurement.
When the then Lord Bruce-Lockhart sttod down as Leader in 2005, his successor Paul Carter invited me to take on the role of Cabinet Member for Kent Adult Social Services, responsible for Older People, Physical and Learning Disabilities, Mental Health, Day Services, Occupational Therapy and Gypsies and Travellers.
I held this position for three years until September 2008, and was then asked to take on my third portfolio, for Regeneration and economic development – my current role.
Born in Bermondsey, South East London, I moved with my family to Eltham at age six and was schooled at Colfe’s in Lee Green.
I now live in Lamberhurst in Tunbridge Wells with my wife Louise and two daughters.
A Director of Tunbridge Wells Training, a corporate software training company established in 1992 and with clients across the South of England, I am a past Chairman of the Tunbridge Wells Business Forum. I have previously been a member of the eLocal Government Task Group of the County Councils Network, and a National Procurement Champion for the Local Government Association.
Previously a Councillor at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, I stood down in 2001 on my election to Kent County Council as County Councillor for the Tunbridge Wells Rural West division. A year later I was appointed Cabinet Member for Resources, where my responsibilities included Personnel, Property, Information Technology, Procurement, Website, Public Contact, eGovernment, Legal, Secretariat and Procurement. When the leadership changed in October 2005, I was again appointed by the new Leader, as Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services. My responsibilities now include Older People, Physical and Learning Disabilities, Mental Health, Day Services, Occupational Therapy and Gypsies and Travellers.
In 2007 I was appointed to the “Gang of Four” – the negotiating team for the national local government pay award, as well as serving on the HR Panel of the Local Government Association. I was a member of the Adult Social Care Task Group of the Counties Network, and was elected in September 2007 as Chairman of the South East Counties Adult Social Services group, a position which I relinquished in September 2008 when my Cabinet role changed.
I have been a political observer for the Leadership Centre for Local Government and undertook Cabinet Member Development programmes for Westminster City Council, Hampshire County Council and Bracknell Forest Council, as well as working for
More recently I have worked as a Regional Assessor for South East Employers, in which role I have undertaken inspections at Wychavon Council, Rother District, Isle of Wight Unitary, Hertfordshire County Council, South Gloucestershire and Waverley Councils towards their Elected Member Development Charter.