Born and educated in South Africa, he spent most of his life living in London and Oxford. From 1996 to 2009, he was the director of the non-profit Aviation-Health Institute (AHI) in Oxford. It was founded on the back of his book, Curse of Icarus (Routledge 1990), which demonstrated the health risks of flying. Sir David Weatherall, the Regius professor of Medicine at Oxford University suggested the establishment of AHI. Three other books on aerospace medicine followed: Arrive in Better Shape (Harper Paperbacks 1996), Airwise (CW Daniel 1993) and Why Flying Endangers Your Health (Aurora 1992). During his tenure at the AHI, he organised Healthy Flying events at airports such as Heathrow, Dublin, Copenhagen and Malta as well as raising £2 million for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) research by WHO. He invented flight socks to prevent DVT and has worked as an consultant for Airbus on health benefits for passengers.
He came to Switzerland in 2009 to write a biographical novel on Rilke. The 800-paged book took ten years to complete.
He has written 6 cultural/travel books on Switzerland: The Valais Canton, Crans Montana, Montreux Riviera, Lausanne, Geneva, Gstaad as well as Oxford and Riga in Latvia. He has written articles for the Financial Times, New York Times, Daily Telegraph, among others and appeared on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. He has given interviews for radio and TV including the BBC-TV and CNN Business Travel (Richard Quest.)
His current projects are organiser of the Gstaad Concours d’Elegance and the Road trip with Rilke.