Jeff was born in 1951, gained a second-class honours degree in international relations from the University of London in 1973, was a lecturer until 2010 and has been a professional speaker since.
He became a freelance author in 1972, has written 21 books, co-written two, edited eight and published 26 on a variety of subjects. He is currently in the middle of writing a series of books on England’s 1,000-foot peaks.
In the 1970s, Jeff became a singer-songwriter, keyboards player and percussionist and was a pioneer of green music. He has had four albums released, two with his band, The Witan, and two solo. He still performs occasionally in public.
Since 2012, he has identified over three thousand 1,000-foot peaks in England (the Kents) and has so far climbed 510 of them.
In the late 1980s and 1990s, Jeff extensively researched the remarkable double sunset phenomenon and every summer solstice since 2001 has offered guided viewings of the occurrence in Staffordshire and Derbyshire.
He directed, wrote the screenplay and soundtrack of and did the commentary on the film, Pictures From The Potteries, which was released in 2014 and is available on DVD from the Staffordshire Film Archive.
Jeff has been a radical campaigner for over forty years and the convener of the Acting Witan of Mercia (which seeks de facto independence for the region) since its inception in 2003.
He profoundly believes in the principles of ecological balance, co-operative community and organic democracy and these ideals have increasingly underpinned his thinking and work since the hippie zenith of 1967.
Jeff remains open to commissions and available for bookings for projects and events which don’t conflict with his principles!