My aim is to share and apply ideas about improving towns, cities and communities, and to help ideas grow. I do that by writing, researching and explaining, connecting, training and encouraging, hosting conversations and events, speaking and listening.
I am a writer, editor, facilitator and consultant specialising in regeneration and placemaking – in other words, how to make the places we live in better and enable the people who live there to create better lives for themselves. I help to influence national policy development and local action, and find ways to join the two up.
I was the founding editor of New Start magazine in 1999 and was editorial director until October 2010. I was editor of Inside Housing magazine from 1993 to 1998. I previously specialised in healthcare (the Health Service Journal), social housing and trade unions, having served an apprenticeship on local papers in Kent and South Wales.
Through Urban Pollinators I help people and organisations develop and share learning and good practice, communicate in language people of all backgrounds can understand, manage editorial and communications projects – and much more!
Picture courtesy of Sophie Ballinger.