Elected to Dorset County Council in 2009 for the Beaminster Division, having grown up in the area. In 2011 I was appointed as Chairman of the Dorset Fire Authority and then consequently in 2016 Chairman of the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority having steered through the business and service combination. I have local business links through the Board of the CLA and in 2016 was President of the Melplash Show. Joined the Dorset County Council Cabinet in 2013, promoting Health and Wellbeing across all policy and service areas, and continue as the Chairman of the Dorset Health and Wellbeing Board. Elected as Leader of Dorset County Council in 2017. National lead through the LGA for Fire & Rescue Services.
Prior to being elected as a County Council I was a regulatory adviser to many businesses and organisations working with Government at a national level.