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Born in Weston-super-Mare in Somerset. Gained first degree from Durham University.  Worked as a Studio Manager with the BBC at Broadcasting House and BBC World Service, then moved to BBC Local Radio to present and produce a broad range of programmes.  Later became a Senior Broadcast Journalist and joined the station’s management team.

Now enjoys writing and historical research, with more than twenty books in print. His BA degree was in Psychology and his MA degree is in English Local History (University of Nottingham)

In 2009/10, provided production and location research support for Michael Wood's major BBC television series Story of England. Organised the Kibworth Dig involving local families digging more than fifty archaeological test pits. Also worked on Mayavision International's Great British Story: A People's History, broadcast on BBC2 and BBC4 in Summer 2012.

Has been Honorary Secretary of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society.  In 2016, commissioned by Leicester City Council to provide the research for twenty Heritage Panels installed at locations throughout the city.   

Holds the Certificate in Local Government Administration and works as a Parish Clerk for two Leicestershire parishes. Has also co-produced several corporate videos for Harborough District Council. 

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