I spent 25 years working for HM Customs & Excise, including over 7 years as a Commissioner and Board Member. I also worked in other Government Departments, including Treasury, Cabinet Office. Department of Social Security and Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs; and as a consultant, advising on government projects in the UK and in Georgia and Kosovo, reviewing major Government projects, training people appearing before Parliamentary Committees' and on the Standards Committee of my local authority. Apart from writing books, I write and play music (violin, guitar, banjo, mandola), paint, run long distances, play badminton and study Eastern literature and Latvia. I am married to Vanessa, who taught in a special needs school, with two daughters, Jo - a professional musician and music industry entrepreneur - and Kat - a personal trainer and teacher of English as a foreign language. I am also now a grandfather to Joshua and Jasper.

After Customs & Excise was progressively dismembered after the merger with Inland Revenue in 2005, I wanted to preserve memories of a unique organisation. Because Customs are poorly represented in crime literature,  I felt that books about the wide range of Customs crimes could kill two birds with one stone.

I have been writing virtually all my life. My pride is "Through Fire", a long adventure novel, which took me 30 years of my life to write.


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