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For most of my working life of 44 years I was employed (1974-2009) or self-employed (2009-2016) as a town planner. I worked for 30 years in local government (in Berkshire, Hampshire and the West Midlands) and for 6 years on my own account as an independent planning consultant. I was a Chartered Town Planner (MRTPI) until I retired in 2016, and am now MRTPI (Rtd); I no longer practice.

I worked in development control (now renamed development management), plan making, mineral extraction (coal), conservation and historic environment, urban design, sub-regional strategic planning, economic development, external funding, also in system administration and use of geographic information systems (UNIX and Windows) and in construction project management, at both operational and management levels.

My last job in local government was Head of Regeneration Projects at Wolverhampton City Council from 2002 to 2009, leading teams of project managers, landscape architects, ecologists and working across the whole Council to bring in finance and deliver a wide range of regeneration programmes and projects throughout the City. Before this I was Head of Development Control in the City.

I have given talks on housing finance to the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, on derelict land reclamation in Brussels, on regeneration and sustainable development to an Energy West Midlands Seminar on 'Microgeneration: Planning for future home energy needs' in Birmingham, on the regeneration of Wolverhampton City Centre to a regenWM network event, and on many other subjects. My work has also taken me to Brussels, Serbia and China.

One major project management role was the conservation of the Molineux Hotel in Wolverhampton, a derelict grade II* Listed Building that is now the home of the City's Archives. This £7.5 millions award-winning project involved me in obtaining a County Court Injunction to stop it being demolished; acquiring the site; bringing in £5 millions of external funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and Advantage West Midlands (RIP); commissioning architects, structural engineers, quantity surveyors, building contractors and others to design and implement the scheme; and completing the project on time and in budget. This was a team effort and as project manager I had both leadership and hands-on roles in all aspects of the job.

I continue to pursue my interest in historic building conservation as a trustee / director of the West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust, the Worcestershire Building Preservation Trust and the City of Wolverhampton Buildings Preservation Trust.

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