Born in Leicestershire (1940) and brought up there and in East Anglia, Tim attended state schools and took a degree and PGCE from Oxford. He then taught in Grammar (Derbyshire) and Secondary Modern (South Wales) schools before starting a career in educational administration in Monmouthshire.
After spells with Buckinghamshire and the Association of County Councils he became Deputy Ed Officer (I.L.E.A) and Chief Education Officer, first in Oxfordshire 1978-1989 and then Birmingham 1993-2002.
His last full-time post was Commissioner and then/Chief Adviser for London Schools (2002-2007).
Tim has written books and articles on education, broadcast and spoken at local, national and international conferences.