I’m a freelance researcher and genealogist and a Leeds-centric blogger. I write the Exploring Leeds blog which aims to blend stories of what’s happening in Leeds now with curiosity about its heritage and quirks. I’m also one of the directors of Leeds Hackspace, a co-operative workshop for geeks, tinkers and inventors.
I find that Leeds can often be clique-y and splintered into different communities. I’m interested in linking people, projects and resources together so that the city becomes a more creative, inspiring and fulfilling place.
I bring enthusiasm, a love of problem solving and a good knowledge of the city to the panel.
I’m in the process of visiting all 53 public libraries in Leeds in a project called Meet The Leeds Libraries. I wanted to see the difference across the city in facilities offered, the needs of the users and how they’re coping with the threat to their funding/existence. The project has become a time capsule after 13 libraries closed in July 2011.