My role is to raise awareness of the value of Dark Skies across Cumbria, and to inspire communities, businesses and organisations to reduce light pollution. The benefits are a win-win; healthier lives, reduced energy use and carbon emissions, saving nocturnal wildlife (eg bats and insects) and to allow local people and visitors to enjoy seeing the stars at night. (declining opportunities at the present time!)

Previously I worked in planning and managed community projects at Exmoor, the Lake District and North York Moors National Parks; was a Policy Officer for Friends of the Lake District (2002-2014); and since then have been a self-employed landscape contractor.

Interests/hobbies – allotment, birdwatching, cycling, fishing, valuing nature/the environment, shooting and walking with my dog.

Working days Monday to Wednesday,