For six years until 2010 he was a Member of the Board of the Environment Agency, Europe’s largest environmental regulator where he represented Welsh interests and chaired two Board sub-groups. He was a Board Member of the Welsh Consumer Council and Consumer Focus Wales from 2004 until 2014 and retains an interest in consumer affairs especially in the energy and water industries.
He is a freelance writer and has published numerous features on the environment, farming, wildlife, science and heritage over many years in a wide variety of publications; in the UK such as The Guardian, The Economist, The Daily Telegraph and The Independent and also in several international magazines. He has published three books, all of which have received critical acclaim, with another to be published later in 2018. Entitled Ploughing a New Furrow: A Blueprint for Wildlife-Friendly Farming, it examines the enormous damage to habitats and wildlife caused by UK farming and how farming systems, supports and practices can be modified post-Brexit to provide both quality farm produce and nurture wildlife.