Visiting professor of forecasting and innovation, London South Bank University, UK. Editorial board, Journal of Consumer Behaviour; physics graduate, journalist, regular broadcaster on Sky News.

Professional experience: Article on chemical weapons for The Economist, 1978; co-editor, Einstein: the first hundred years (Pergamon, 1980); co-author, Robots (Boilerhouse Project, V&A, 1984). The future of cities, report for Glasgow Development Agency, and Teleshopping, a multi-client study on e-commerce – published when at designers Fitch, 1988. Proposed internet TV when at the Henley Centre for Forecasting, 1993; Atticus Award from Martin Sorrell, WPP, 1994; manager, worldwide market intelligence, Philips Consumer Electronics, 1995-7.

Recent clients: Amadeus, Amex, Association of Noise Consultants, Digital Transformation Network, Finnair, Heathrow Airport, National Bed Federation, Information Security Forum, Oracle, Sage, Wells Fargo. Previous clients include the cities of Birmingham, Cardiff, Croydon, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Portsmouth and Yangzhou, People’s Republic of China.