Current Outside Body Appointments
Past Outside Body Appointments
Not a past member of any Outside Body.
My front- line role
I am the Conservative Councillor for the Potters Bar West & Shenley
division. The ‘Your Community’
section provides local service information, news, events and contacts about the
I meet regularly with the Borough and Parish councillors for the area as
well as communicate with our Member of Parliament, Oliver Dowden, to ensure
that between us we understand and can act speedily on the issues and concerns
of local people. I am in regular contact with my local County councillor
colleagues too as very often a local issue can spread across local boundaries.
We aim to work together for the good of our towns and communities.
I am always contactable by post or quicker by email and telephone and
aim to deal speedily with issues as and when they arise.
As with every County councillor, I have a locality budget to spend on
community projects in the area, to help groups and organisations find some
funding to allow them to continue in their work to run facilities or organise
events which perhaps otherwise might not happen. Follow the links for more
details of the scheme and details
of applications I have previously agreed and declined.
My County Council
I was first elected to Hertfordshire
County Council in June 2009. My duties are to ensure that local voices are
heard on matters that directly fall under the remit of the County - such as
matters relating to schools, roads and so on. Very often I will act as a
middleman between residents and county officers, helping to sort out matters of
concern. By meeting and communicating with officers, I can draw attention to an
issue and aim to sort it out to everyone's satisfaction.
In May 2011, I was appointed as Deputy
Cabinet Member for Resources and Economic Well Being. In May 2013, I was
appointed the Deputy Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Planning. In May 2015, I was appointed Deputy Cabinet
Member for Enterprise, Education & Skills and now work closely with the
Cabinet member David Williams on matters relating to schools, the Local
Enterprise Partnership and so on.
Roles on bodies outside of the County Council
As well as being the County Councillor
for Potters Bar West & Shenley Division, I am also the Leader of Hertsmere
Borough Council. I find being a member of two councils very helpful as many
issues for residents straddle more than one authority and the experience allows
me to help push for answers and ensure matters can be speedily sorted where
I chair meetings of Hertsmere Borough
Council's Executive as well as hold the Portfolio for Communication and
Consultation. I like to hear what people have to say. That helps form local
I have sat on the Borough Council's
Executive since it was introduced over ten years ago and as the member in
charge of Community Safety for six years, I oversaw the introduction of Police
Community Support Officers and alcohol-free zones.
I am also the non-Executive Chairman of
the Board of Directors at Elstree Studios, currently the home to many hit
television shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, Pointless and Big Brother, and
proudly the studio home of the Oscar winning film - The King's Speech. Around
20% of the film was made on the sound stages at Elstree studios which has been
a site of film, television and media excellence for almost 90 years - including
for the country's first talking picture, Hitchcock's Blackmail in 1929.
I am a member of Hertfordshire Leader's
group where leaders of the district authorities come together every few months
to discuss issues that have a pan-Hertfordshire importance. We are keen to work
together beyond boundaries for the good of our areas.
I was a local School governor for 9
Personal, professional and political details.
I was born within the sound of Bow
bells which I am told makes me a cockney by birth, though I have lived in
Hertfordshire for more than 25 years.
I have worked as a journalist – both as
a writer and as a broadcast journalist – for over fifteen years. I wrote and
co-authored ten books in ten years – one of which ranked within The Times Top
Ten bestsellers for four weeks. I continue to produce features and act as a
freelance consultant in film, television and other media and continue to be a
guest broadcaster on television and radio.
Away from politics, I am married and
have three children. For almost twenty years I have been a supporter of and
fundraiser for charities, groups and organisations which celebrate this
country’s film and television heritage while raising money for good causes,
including for those in the industry who have fallen on hard times. I am a keen
pool player and a slightly lapsed badminton player. I enjoy concerts - both
classical and jazz - especially to watch my wife who is a classical musician.