is an economist and author of 'How I Failed to Save the World: Or Forty Years of Foreign Aid'.
He was born and brought up in Argentina and studied at the London School of Economics and Manchester University and then went to live and work what was then Rhodesia. From there he joined the United Nations in Ethiopia and later transferred to Chile. When the British Ministry of Overseas Development was first formed he was recruited as a Senior Economic Adviser and then promoted to Director of Country Programmes.
Taking early retirement he became an economic consultant, entered local politics in Guildford as a Liberal Democrat and became Mayor in 2003.