I am a journalist and writer. I am from Newcastle but have lived all over Europe and beyond. I now live in Delft, in the Netherlands.

I was a foreign news journalist with the BBC World Service for fourteen years. I worked as the BBC correspondent in both Sarajevo and Warsaw, and reported from across the world - from Russia and the Caucasus to Sierra Leone and the US.

For four years I was the Communications Director at the award-winning think tank the European Council on Foreign Relations.

If you are looking for a book about a forgotten medieval superpower and a story involving prostitutes, slaves, pirates, footballers, chocolate makers, flower sellers, transsexuals, explorers and the Black Death, you could do far worse than buy a copy of my book, "Genoa 'La Superba': the rise and fall of a merchant pirate superpower".

Current projects include a book about Singapore, more Economist Intelligence Unit reports, podcasting and blogging for Ogilvy, corporate filming and video editing work, and several things that will not appear under my own name.

If you have a project you'd like to discuss, please get in touch.


  • Master's Degree in Conflict, Security, and Development, Department of War Studies, King's College, University of London
  • Master's and Bachelor's Degrees in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, St.Anne's College, University of Oxford
  • A-levels in Economics, History, Geography, and General Studies, Conyers Comprehensive, Teesside