I am currently the Leader of the Sunderland Conservatives, Association Chairman and a councillor for Barnes Ward.
Most of my professional background is in education. I have taught in a local school and at two universities, worked in educational research roles and in educational policy. I also have a Ph.D. on Thatcherism and I run a non-political research network which promotes and advances the study of Margaret Thatcher and Thatcherism.
I was Deputy Chairman (Political) of the Association from 2017-19, during which time I helped the Association to improve its approach to campaigning and to build up its youth wing. As Chairman, I now have oversight of the Association's campaigns, candidates, finances and strategic direction.
In 2018 I was elected councillor for Barnes Ward and have since campaigned effectively on issues like DBS checks and councillors’ allowances.
I was Press Officer for the party in 2018-19, during which time our campaigns featured in the New Statesman and the Sun, among others. I was Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group on the Council in 2019-20.