Brought up in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, upon leaving school I spent four years as a Merchant Navy deck officer, travelling the world on a variety of ships. After giving up the seafaring life, I completed a BSc in Maritime Studies at Liverpool Polytechnic and began writing for a shipping magazine.
I then began an itinerant career in journalism and PR, which has taken me into diverse markets including road transport, grocery retailing, electrical contracting, industrial automation and utilities. I actually worked as a reporter for Motor Transport over 20 years ago and in August 2009 returned to the paper as editor.
My main hobby is riding and maintaining a small collection of old motorbikes, but I also enjoy cycling and walking.