Born: Hartlepool, 1946
Grew up: Colne, Lancashire.
Educated: Royal Grammar School, Lancaster, University and Nuffield Colleges, Oxford.
Qualifications: BA, MA, University of Oxford, D. Litt. (Doctor of Letters), University of Warwick.
Full-time employment: Various posts at the University of Warwick, 1969-2004.
Other academic posts: visiting, external and tutorial posts at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Brighton, Ulster, Stanford (USA), Tbilisi (Republic of Georgia), Chula longkorn (Thailand) and Melbourne (Australia).
Other posts: Chairman, the Leamington Society, 1981-83, board member, National Forest advisory Board, 1989-93.
Current positions: Emeritus Reader, University of Warwick. Ambassador, National Forest Company. Tutor, Pembroke-Kings Interenational Programme, University of Cambridge.
Writing and broadcasting: Author or editor of eighteen books running into more than forty editions. Author of more than a thousand articles including regular features in New Society, The Daily Telegraph, The Countryman, The Washington Times, Standpoint and the Social Affairs Unit website. More than three hundred radio and television programmes, approximately 85% for the BBC.
Personal interests: Travel, politics, philosophy and all forms of live performance, but especially sport: Chairman, University of Warwick Staff and Graduate Cricket Club, shareholder, Burnley football Club and member, Royal Leamington Spa Lawn Tennis Club.
Family circumstances: Married to Ann (née McDonnell) since 1975; three sons, six grandchildren.