Born in London in 1947, and studied English Literature at Cambridge. First taught ELT in Italy and Britain. After postgraduate studies in Education, he taught English in secondary schools in Britain, before moving to Greece, where taught at the British Council, Athens. By the time he left to concentrate on materials writing, he had become Assistant Centre Director with responsibility for Teacher Education. His coursebook Highlight won an ESU Duke of Edinburgh Award in 1992.He holds an MA in TEFL from Reading University, and what used to be the RSA DipTefl. Now living in London and concentrating on materials writing.