Sandy has been politically active since 1966. He is currently a member of Newcastle Green Party in north-east England, having originally joined the then Ecology Party back in the early 1980s. He is at the moment one of the two representatives from the region on the party's Regional Council, a national body charged with general oversight, strategic planning and the 'signing off' of General Election manifestos. He was a member of the Ecologist magazine editorial board for many years. He is also a member of the national charity Population Matters. Amongst other published work, he co-authored the book A Green Manifesto for McDonalds Optima and a pamphlet Beyond Green Consumerism for Friends of the Earth. Prior to retirement, he worked in a local Further Education college where his specialism was Film Studies. He also spent a year on secondment at Northumbria University as an environmental policy advisor. His MSc was a thesis on reforesting the uplands. Recently he has been very active in local land use battles triggered by the pro-growth strategies of local and national government which, amongst other things, severely threaten wildlife and green spaces in the area. He is married with two grown-up children.