I have been involved with environmental campaigning for over 20 years. After a spell in the aircraft simulation industry, I joined Magpie recycling co-operative and helped convert their first milk floats. At the same time I went back to study a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment at the University of Brighton. A long-time volunteer campaigner with Brighton & Hove Friends of the Earth, I was heavily involved with South Coast Against Roadbuilding (SCAR) opposing new roads along the south coast. In 1995, I became involved with campaigning on the South Downs and in 2001 was appointed by the South Downs Campaign, a network of over 160 organisations, to coordinate the campaign for a South Downs National Park. Since 2010 when the National Park was successfully established I have concentrated on organising charity bike rides and local voluntary work, chairing the City Sustainability Partnership and leading the successful partnership bid for the area around Brighton to become a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Building new roads is costly, highly damaging and often fails to deliver what was promised, other than more traffic. Working for Campaign for Better Transport gives me an opportunity to help effect real change in this area by supporting local communities to stand up and fight for what they value.