I am currently work as a board adviser (and sometimes invest in) various entrepreneurial businesses, and have previously held various senior level investment positions, including a spell as Investment Controller with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and running for several years the international operations of a leading US fund manager. For the past several years I have been designing and teaching a number of post-graduate modules at Cass Business School in the City of London.
I appear regularly on radio and television in the UK and am also in demand as a keynote and after dinner speaker.
In recent years I have begun writing fiction. All three of my Mapp & Lucia books have been optioned by BBC Television. My most recent venture is to attempt a very different type of detective fiction with my 'Hampstead Murders' series, the first of which, "Death in Profile", was published by Urbane Publications in March 2016.
These are police procedural novels, but quirky and unusual. In place of the formulaic plot structures and damaged central characters of much modern crime fiction, readers will find a team of likable police officers whose career and personal ups and downs will play out and develop from one book to the next.
In writing finance and investment books I seek both to entertain and inform. I do not write a book unless I have something genuinely new to say and each of my mainstream investment books is on a subject in respect of which I am acknowledged as one of the leading experts in the world.
"No Fear Finance" is different. I have long been convinced that there is a valid "alternative" way of teaching finance to people with no quantitative background, a way which is so far as possible conceptual rather than mathematical. Not understanding finance is no longer an option in today's world and this is the only book which shows the ordinary reader how to understand everything they need to know.
"Cricket at the Crossroads" marries cricket with social history. Social change in terms of things like class and race serve as a backdrop to telling the story of English Test cricket between 1967 and 1977. Based partly on interviews with former players and partly on research in the archives at Lord's, the book is endorsed by Tony Greig. Three major controversies are analysed and explored: the Close Affair, the D'Oliveira Affair and World Series Cricket.
"The Mess We're In: why politicians can't solve financial crises" seeks to explain how and when our present financial problems arose. The answers may surprise you, as may some of the suggested solutions.
If you'd like to hear more about my fiction, please look out for my name at book festivals around the country, at which I am a regular speaker. For 2016 these include Deal Noir, CrimeFest (Bristol), Bookcrossing (Birmingham), Felixstowe and Margate.