I hold a MSc in Environmental Resources from the University of Salford. The course covered Sustainability Appraisal/ Strategic Environmental Appraisal, Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Systems.

While at Durham County Council I carried out sustainability appraisal of our own planning policies and suggested development sites, and, on a contract basis, of planning policies proposed by Darlington Borough Council.

I’ve recently completed the Business and Management Plans for Durham Heritage Coast, an initiative which seeks to bring about improvements to the environment, economy and society of a long stretch of coast from Sunderland through to Hartlepool.

I’m currently working on the Management Plan for the Durham Coast National Nature Reserve. It will describe how the different organisations that own and manage the NNR can work together to improve and maintain its ecological quality.