Personal profile


I joined Portsmouth Business School in July 2017 Between 2012 to 2015 I held a number of teaching roles at the University of Birmingham. I undertook a PhD at the University of Birmingham, supervised by Air Commodore (ret’d) Dr Peter Gray, with my thesis focusing on the development of tactical air power in Britain during the Second World War through the study of the RAF’s Army Co-operation Command. I also hold an MA in Intelligence and Security Studies and a BA (Hons) degree both from the University of Salford. My first book, entitled The Development of British Tactical Air Power, 1940-1943: A History of Army Co-operation Command was published in 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan.

Research Interests

I am currently researching and writing a book that investigates the relationship between the RAF and the aviation industry between 1919 and 1939, looking at not only the decisions made by the Air Ministry and technological developments but the political, economic, diplomatic and foreign policy aspects of the period into account. Other research interests include the use of air power as a strategic and political instrument and the development of tactical air power between 1914 and 1945.

I am happy to receive informal enquiries relating to doctoral degree (Ph.D) supervision on any air power topic but particularly in the areas of Air/Land Integration, Historic Military Procurement and the utilisation of air power as an instrument of strategy

Media Availability

I am available for TV, radio newspaper interviews and historical consultancy. My expertise lie in:

- Air power history 
- 19th and 20th century land and aerial warfare
- A wide range of military history, especially anything that involves air power/ bombing

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Army co-operation command and tactical air power development in Britain, 1940-1943: the role of army co-operation command in army air support, University of Birmingham

2 Oct 201014 Jul 2014

Award Date: 14 Jul 2014

MA, Intelligence and Security Studies, University of Salford

29 Sept 20082 Oct 2009

Award Date: 15 Jul 2010

BA (Hons), Contemporary Military and International History, University of Salford

29 Sept 200312 Jul 2007

Award Date: 12 Jul 2007

External positions

Teaching Fellow, University of Birmingham

1 Jul 201430 Jun 2015


  • U Military Science (General)
  • Air Power History
  • Civil-Military
  • Tactical Air Power
  • Air Power Strategy
  • First World War
  • Inter-war Britain
  • Second World War


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