Political grouping: Labour
Elected to Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council 6th June 1985
Chair of the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority; member of the LGA Fire Services Management Committee (FSMC), Member of the National and Strategic Resilience Board for Fire
Formerly - Chairman of the FSMC and Fire Forum, member LGA Safer Communities Board, Chair NJC for Fire Service Employers, Director Fire Buy Ltd, Member the Fire Practitioners Forum, Chair Business and Community Safety Forum.
Outside of Fire formerly - Chair British Resorts Association, Chair Estates Committee and Board Member Reserve Forces and Cadets Association NW and IoM; Vice Chair Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust; Non Exec Merseycare NHS Trust, Group leader NW Regional Assembly.
Parliamentary Candidate Knowsley South and Wirral South, and NW European elections 1999 and 2004; made CBE in the Birthday Honours list 2007.
Chartered Surveyor and former Royal Marine Reservist; Former County Commander for St John Ambulance now a member of the National Priory Chapter.