Civic Head, Lord Provost and Her Majesty The Queen’s Lord-Lieutenant for the City
Widely experienced in local government he has also on a wide range of Boards in Economic Development, Higher Education, Housing & Culture.
He has been a Trustee of several Pension Funds and is on the Executive of the UK Local Authority Pension Fund Forum.
He is Vice President of the World Energy Cities Partnership.
He is also an active supporter of The Duke of York’s Pitch@Palace initiative.
An authoritative voice on local economic affairs particularly in the international sphere he has been interviewed in the Financial Times, the Economist, the Daily Telegraph, the New York Times, Irish Times and Handelsblatt (Netherlands) as well as TV and Radio in the UK, Norway, Italy, Japan and Switzerland.
He is regularly invited to address International Conferences and other gatherings.
Professionally he has worked in the Offshore Oil Industry, as a Teacher and Head Teacher, an Ombudsman and as the Chief Executive of a Charity.
On a lighter note, he has appeared on national quiz shows, Mastermind and Brain of Britain. He has been a fairly prominent Labour politician.