I was born in Cardiff, Wales in 1954 and attended Marple Hall Grammar School in Cheshire before studying Environmental Biology at the University of Liverpool (1974-77). I then worked for my PhD on the ecology and management of feral cats at the University of Bradford under Prof. Michael Delany. After briefly teaching in colleges in Stockport and Wythenshawe, I took up an appointment at the Sokoto College of Education in Nigeria in 1982. I subsequently taught at Bolton College for 16 years, including a five-year secondment to United Utilities. During this period I completed teacher training, studied for a Masters degree in Environmental Law and was also awarded a Certificate in Education Management. I took up my current appointment at Salford in 1998.
My research interests include the behaviour and welfare of animals in zoos (especially elephants), the ecology and behaviour of mammals (particularly African large mammals), biological education and wildlife law. I have a particular interest in the importance of policy and legislation in influencing the pivotal role of zoos in the conservation of biodiversity and the welfare of animals living in zoos.