Born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England - Studied classical piano under Ms. Fanny Waterman while gaining experience backing visiting Alan Wakemen, Malcolm Griffiths and others from London in local clubs, (playing drums or piano).
Also gained experience performing with an ensemble led by Pat Evans in a very "visual" and "free" form of improvised music around this time. First professional position playing drums -one nighters, dances, broadcasts etc. with Syd Lawrence Orchestra, aged 16, stayed eighteen months. Other freelance session work, composing for B.B.C./Y.T.V. jingles etc. Cabaret work with Lulu, The Bachelors, Matt Monro, Frankie Laine, etc.
Following the move to London, live work in the area of jazz & jazz/rock included Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia, The Jim Mullen/Dick Morrisey Band, Marion Montgomery, Mike Carr Trio, Paz, Gary Boyle Band, Ronnie Scott Group (on piano), Gordon Beck Quartet, Mo Foster and Ray Russell's "R.M.S.", Gil Evans Orchestra, Ian Carr's Nucleus, Jeff Clyne's "Turning Point", Mike Mower Orchestra, 20Th Century Blues (on guitar).
Around the late 70s, established a musical partnership with guitarist Allan Holdsworth working in a group that is still evolving to this day, many albums and international tours later.
Following the successful launch in 1982 of Allan Holdsworth I.O.U. in the U.S., work with many others included stints with Jeff Berlin, Eddie Van Halen, Bunny Brunel Band, mostly in California.