I have spent my entire professional life working within the snowsports industry as a journalist, coach educator and consultant.
I am regularly employed as a consultant by various organisations in the UK and overseas to assist in their compliance with good practice including architects, retailers, ski centres and local authorities. I have clients on 4 continents and the construction cost of my 3 largest clients' snowsports properties exceeds €1bil.
I am Chairman of the BSI [British Standards Institute] committee in respect of skiing and snowsports. I have also worked over the years with ASTM Committee F27 and various technical subcommittees in respect of skiing safety and ski bindings. These committees are responsible, inter alia for the drafting of standards for the supply of ski bindings. I have also written extensively on skiing and ski equipment over the last 40 years.
I am qualified and appointed as an examiner of snowsports instructors in the U.K. and the U.S.A and as a coach in the U.K, Netherlands and Canada. I am a former Chairman of the English Ski Council, now Snowsport England, the governing body for English snowsports. I am one of Snowsport England's senior tutors, being only one of 4 people authorised to deliver its highest level courses [which give successful candidates an internationally recognised qualification]. I have, for the last 4 years delivered Snowsport England's tutor training - both preparing course materials and delivering courses. I hold honorary life membership of Snowsport England, which was awarded for services to Coaching.
I am a member of the IVSI Commission. This is the international expert group which determines training and examination standards for ski and snowboard teachers.
I am also a member of the national source group responsible for setting the standards for coaches and ski instructors and led the development of the United Kingdom Snowsports Coach Award Scheme [UK Snowsports and UK Coaching Pathway].
As a ski journalist I am employed to research developments in the ski industry and I carry out this role for ski magazines in the U.K. and the U.S.A. I am partner and editor of www.snowindustrynews.com, equipment editor Skier and Snowboarder magazine, columnist for Ski and Board Magazine, Good Ski Guide and Wintersports Technology International. I am widely published as a freelance writer and frequent media contributor for broadcast organisations as far apart as BBC and TRT TV [Turkey].