Bachelor of Science with honours, University Glasgow, Scotland, 1960. ARCST with honors, University Strathclyde, Scotland, 1960.
Indentured apprentice, British Polar Engines, Scotland, 1955-1960; installation engineer, Free Piston Engine Company, Singapore, 1960-1962; production manager, Imperial Chemical Industries, England, 1962-1973; general manager wall coverings, Reed International, 1973-1978; managing director, Odhams (Watford) Ltd., 1979-1982; Chief Executive Officer, Reed Travel Group, England, 1983-1992; Chief Executive Officer, Reed Telepublishing, Secaucus, New Jersey, 1983-1995. Board directors Reed International PLC, Reed Elsevier PLC.
Member Institution Mechanical Engineers.
Married Margaret June Thomas, August 13, 1960. Children: Fiona, Diana, Ian.