Originally from Rochdale, home of the Coop, (and in Lancashire still), with the least successful football league team in England.
Joking apart we need to embed cooperative principles in everything we do, from helping local groups to take on a local village shop, to social housing projects, and retro fitting green technology in current housing.
Like in Preston, a Cooperative Innovation Centre would channel help to where it is needed most.
I grew up at the start of comprehensive schooling in the 1960s, and with my two brothers are examples of how successful this is, three brothers from a working class background, all achieving excellent education results.
I moved to Hethersett to work on the Norwich Southern Bypass, and have lived in South Norfolk since 1990.
Climate change means we have to alter the way we do things, and after the pandemic see how people return to work, whether working from home is a long term option.
I spent fifteen years working in road construction, first the supply side then on site. Most of the time all we did was move traffic problems, there has to be a better solution to congestion than simply building more roads.
After being made redundant, I have worked the last twenty years for Vision Norfolk, formerly NNAB, advising and helping some of the most vulnerable people in the county. Disability rights feature in some of our work, building design can have a huge impact on sight impaired people and their ability to use facilities, simple alterations such as the use of contrast in colour schemes can be immensely helpful.
I met my wife after we moved to Bristol, we have two sons, one a team leader at Tesco, the younger is a ground crew electrician in the RAF, and two dogs Maxie a labradoodle, and Cleo, a Jack Russell.
Two more recent additions to the family are granddaughter Izzy and grandson Liam.