Joe joined RAD in 1999 after leaving a lecturing role in Further Education and from the start (he says) it was a dream job. "I was being paid to support volunteers all over Derbyshire. Being a Rural Officer is never boring - I've dealt with all manner of things from helping to relocate a donkey sanctuary to mammoth ESF applications; the common thread is that almost everyone I'm likely to meet is trying to do something for their group or the wider community."

Joe developed a specialism in Community Planning early on. His experience lecturing in sociology and research meant he could easily get to grips with the theory and he has had plenty of practice with Parish Plans, Community Appraisals and all the forerunners of the current Neighbourhood Development Plans.

When not working for RAD, Joe spends a lot of time walking with his dog Callan in the Derbyshire hills and further afield. He's director of the Serpentine Community Farm CIC in Buxton, which provides horticultural experience to a broad range of volunteers. He was also a founding Director of Buxton Town Team CIC, similar to working at RAD!

Joe likes to cook, nearly as much as he likes to eat apparently. He's very healthy and as a fish eating vegetarian is always eating wholesome food in the office.

To contact Joe, email him [email protected] or call 01629 592974 or 07743 850127.