I began my training as a watchmaker in the 1960's, serving a traditional apprenticeship with a famous old established jewellers, Fillans & Sons of Huddersfield, combined with studying horology at the Bradford College of Technology. I won several awards culminating in being elected one of the youngest Fellows of the British Horological Institute.
After leaving the bench I moved into shop management in Cambridge, eventually taking a history degree and starting a new career in teaching in 1979. After 25 years teaching I decided to take early retirement and set up a workshop to make and restore interesting timepieces with a particular specialism in chronometers, one of my chronometer carriage clocks won the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers artist craftsman award resulting in becoming a freeman of the company by gift in 1995.
I later became a member of ICON - the Institute of Conservation, becoming qualified to carry out work for the Museums Service.
In 2013 I moved my workshop to the Cotswolds, enjoying the beautiful countryside here and keeping busy restoring and trading in classic watches and marine chronometers.
Some years ago I was commissioned to write a book on the history of the marine chronometer, which currently in its second reprint (see chronometer page) and am at present working on a book on watches aimed at the general reader who is interested in both the history and development of the watch.