I teach at the YMCA George Williams College, London (which is linked to Coventry University) and edit infed.org. Much of my time is concerned with developing programmes, learning resources and virtual learning environments (with the College and developinglearning.com).
Previously, I was the Rank Research Fellow and Tutor at the College and a visiting professor in community education at the University of Strathclyde. For some time I have been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Among my books are Creators not Consumers (1980, 1982), Organise! (1981), Developing Youth Work (1988), Local Education (1994), Informal Education (1996, 1999, 2005, 2018 with Tony Jeffs), The Art of Helping Others (2008, with Heather Smith), Youth Work Practice (2010, edited with Tony Jeffs), Journeying Together (2011, edited with Alan Rogers) and Youth Work and Faith (2015, edited with Naomi Stanton and Tom Wylie). I am currently working on a book exploring working with young people in difficult times.
Educated at the Cavendish School, Hemel Hempstead and the University of Lancaster, I went on to do a doctorate at the University of London. I have worked in careers advice, youth and community work, and in projects. Alongside this I have chaired a tenants cooperative running two tower blocks, and been a foundation governor for a secondary school. I am currently a Resident Friend in a Quaker meeting house.