Born and bred in Liverpool, I began my working life as an electrical engineer in the Cammell Laird Shipyard in Birkenhead. I left the city to train for Christian ministry at Spurgeon’s College, London and spent nine years as minister of New Addington Baptist Church in a recognised area of social deprivation on the edge of Croydon.
During that time I became engaged in several flagship partnership programmes, spearheading the formation of one of the first Education Action Zones and developing several neighbourhood projects across Croydon. I was also a founding trustee and development director for Crossroads Theatre Project.
As well as contributing to Christian events such as Spring Harvest and Easter People, I’ve also been a speaker at conferences organised by Local Government Association, Dept for Education etc. I am also the author of the Baptist Union of Great Britain’s publication on Neighbourhood renewal and community regeneration and The Big Society – Ten Questions for Churches published by ICF.
I’m married to Jan and we have 3 children. I’m an avid supporter of Liverpool Football Club and enjoy playing and listening to music.