I'm a writer and editor with more than 20 years experience in magazine, web and book publishing. I've had the honour of spending the last 13 years at Guinness World Records, where I've been Editor-in-Chief for 10 years. I've been responsible for the record-breaking record book since the 2006 edition, and in 2008 created the GWR Gamer's Edition, which is now in its ninth year and selling more than half a million copies annually.
In my capacity as Editor-in-Chief at GWR, I've travelled the world adjudicating records and making TV and radio appearances (some of which are listed opposite). Highlights including being Jon Stewart's guest of the day on The Daily Show and making my cinematic debut in The Kong of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters – that wonderful documentary movie about Donkey Kong. I've been to the seabed with Katie Melua, stranded at the tip of South American for a week with Fall Out Boy, and handed Michael Jackson his World Music Award in 2006 with the help of my glamorous assistant Beyoncé. I've opened a session of parliament in Turkmenistan, watched We Will Rock You with Queen (and played drums for the actual Queen, but not in the same night), and talked stamp-collecting with the Prince of Liechtenstein. I can go on, but you'll need to buy me a drink first...
And it's not all record-breaking. At the start of 2015, I took over as Chairman of The Stephen Sondheim Society: a charitable trust that supports and promotes the work of the Broadway composer/lyricist. In this capacity, I've produced the last two Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competitions (at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End) and have just finished working with Richard Douglas Productions on Hey, Old Friends!, an 85th birthday tribute to Stephen Sondheim at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, starring – among many others – Julia McKenzie, Millicent Martin, Jason Manford, Alistair McGowan, Bonnie Langford, Anton du Beke and Kim Criswell. I'm also a regular reviewer and interviewer for Musical Theatre Review.
I've always claimed to have had a wide but shallow experience of the world, thanks largely from working in a multitude of jobs: church organist, baker, cleaner, shelf-stacker, theatre-pit drummer, author (The UFO Investigator's Handbook and The Vampire Watcher's Notebook, for example), UFO investigator, medical photographer, editor and wannabe theatre producer.
I'm currently working on writing a TV series about Winston Churchill, and failing to finish various personal projects, including three film scripts, a book about truffles and a guide to being James Bond.
Guinness World Records (2002–present)
Editor-in-Chief (GWR 2006–15, Gamer's Edition 2008–15); Head of Editoral/Web Editor (guinnessworldrecords.com, 2002–05)
Napier University, Edinburgh
Producer (Food & Drink)
Trinity Mirror Digital Media (2000–01)
Producer (Food & Drink, Travel, Motoring)
Midsummer Books (1998–2000)
Senior Editor (Inside The Human Body, Animals Animals, Animals); writer (Hitler's Third Reich, Having Babies, Wildlife of Britain, Know About... series)
Marshall Cavendish Partworks (Summer 1993, 1994–98)
Senior Editor (The X Factor), Editor (Murder In Mind), Asst Editor (Jazz Greats, The Great Composers), Sub-Editor (2-in-1 Cookery Collection, World Of Chance), Running Projects Editor (Camcorder Know-How, Lover's Guide, Images of War, Discovering Needlecraft, Royal Romances, Tree of Knowledge).
Mainstream Publishing (Summer 1992)
Designer (And The Grand Piano Came By Camel, Ally McCoist: My Story, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son)
Guinness World Records (2006–2016)
Guinness World Records
GWR Gamer's Edition (2008–2016)
Guinness World Records
The Vampire Watcher's Handbook (2002)
UFO Investigator's Handbook (1999)