I was born in 1947 and had a happy childhood in Wimbledon. I had a less happy time in a boarding school on a hilltop in Berkshire and then worked everything out by studying psychology and sociology at Surrey University.
In the 1970s I trained as a journalist in Tavistock. I moved to London and started working on national newspapers, specialising in education. In the 1980s I became a medical journalist.
In 1990 I set up as a trainer, specialising in writing and editing skills for health professionals. I moved on from training in 2007 and now spend my time living with my wife Barbara in Leatherhead, where I write books, cultivate my garden - and photograph the best bits.
My latest book (Two Summers: Nixon and Trump by Greyhound Bus) describes trips I took around American in 1969 and 2019. My previous book (Mostly We Had It Good: a Baby Boomer's Journey) describes the privileged life some of us were able to lead in the second half of the 20th century.
Formal training on the IPC Newspaper Training Scheme, Devon;
Freelance journalist based in London, working as writer and sub-editor for Guardian, Times, Times Education Supplements, Observer, New Society;
Education correspondent, New Statesman;
Assistant Editor (Training), Nassau Tribune, Bahamas;
Executive Editor, World Medicine; Editor, BMA News Review;
Publisher and editor of Short Words.
Founder and Principal Trainer at Tim Albert Training;
Visiting Fellow, Medical Writing, University of Southampton;
Editorial Training Adviser to the British Medical Association;
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Committee member and deputy chairman, Medical Journalists Association;
Council member, Committee on Publication Ethics;
Judge, BUPA Communication Awards;
Expert by Experience, Care Quality Commission;
President d'Honneur, Wimereux Cricket Club, France.