A New Zealander by birth, he holds a degree in mechanical engineering and a post-graduate diploma in journalism. In a
29-year career in publishing, he spent 9 years as Editor of Flight International, and a further 5 years as Publisher of that magazine and Airline Business.
From 2003 to March 2018, he was Director and CEO of Brooklands Museum in Surrey, where he was responsible for a collection of 35 aircraft ranging from early pioneers up to Concorde (and the world’s only operational Concorde simulator). He gave particular attention to celebrating Brooklands’ role as the most productive aircraft manufacturing site in Europe, expanding its already substantial education service aimed at inspiring youngsters to study science, technology and engineering subjects, and highlighting its wealth of motor-racing heritage.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots and of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers & Coach Harness Makers. He is a past Chairman of the Aviation Club of the UK. His spare time is taken up with being a competitor and official in vintage motorsport: he and his wife Jacqui and their 1929 3-litre Bentley live in Surrey.