With a long background of service on Carrickfergus Council, he gained a seat in the Assembly when former Alliance leader Sean Neeson stood down.
Why did you want to become an MLA?
I feel particularly that as an Alliance Party representative since 1977, and someone who has observed the evolution of Northern Ireland, that I have something valuable to contribute.
What are your passions in life?
I am grounded in my local community and I am passionate about helping people who are not being treated fairly.
What issue do you most want to raise as an MLA?
The one area I have pledged myself to tackle is in relation to planning matters and introducing the third-party right of appeal in planning issues.
Is there anything about the system at Stormont which needs changed urgently?
I think the problem is the public's image of the Assembly. Members of this Assembly are extremely hard-working and dedicated. We need to get that across.