Based in Bristol since 2009 previously he spent 6 years in local government with Sedgemoor District Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council, working within the development control section. He then spent 5 years at Turner Holden Town Planning Consultants (now WYG) based in Taunton, Somerset, where he gained experience in a range of complex planning issues, relating to residential, commercial, leisure and agricultural developments. He spent the last 3½ years heading up the office of Genesis Town Planning based in Exeter, where he was responsible for the management of the staff and clients. He has given extensive evidence at appeal hearings and public inquiries. As part of his work he was involved in the submission of planning applications, appeals and the promotion of sites through the development plan process.