Historian, playwright and broadcaster. Senior Lecturer in History at Anglia Ruskin University, specialising in the history of the British Empire. Graduated from Oxford (1982); university prize (American History) Taught in schools (PGCE Exeter University, 1984) and Lecturer in History in the School of Education at Exeter 1988-1992. Head of History, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge (1992-2001). Worked with the Council of Europe in the field of history teaching. PhD at Anglia Ruskin University (2007) on Maternal Mortality in Nineteenth-Century British India. Served twice as Honorary Secretary of the Historical Association; headed the Better History Forum which advised Michael Gove on the history curriculum. Award-winning playwright. "I'm Backing Britain" and "The Necessity of Atheism" at Edinburgh Fringe, 2015 and 2016; "Great War" cycle. Regular broadcaster on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Also BBC Essex and Cambridge 105.