He has been a member of Liverpool City Council for 30 years having held major portfolios in both control and opposition. He is Leader of the Liberal Democrats on the Council.
He is the Deputy Chair of the European & International Board at the LGA responsible for the work of representing all UK councils in Europe and in a range of aid activities. He is the UK rep on the Executive Bureau and World Council of United Cities and Local Government (the World LGA) where he is currently advising on governance issues in Africa.
He has a real interest in housing which he pursues as Chair of plus dane a housing group proving 15,000 units of social accommodation in the North West. He is also a member of the advisory board of Inside Housing.
He is an adviser on localism & local government to the Post Office and other private sector companies.