Geoff has been involved in cars and publishing for much of his life. His father was a second hand car dealer and Geoff paid his way through university by buying and selling a string of very unexceptional cars.
He was fortunate to be sponsored by the Rover Group whilst studying and spent work placements in their Longbridge and Canley plants at an inglorious period of British car manufacturing that included the Metro, Maestro and Montego... On graduation Geoff moved into publishing where he joined the distribution arm of BBC Magazines, launching magazines such as Top of the Pops, GirlTalk and Noddy into retail. After a variety of roles Geoff moved into publishing at EMAP (now Bauer) as Publishing Director of their classic motoring division.
A chance meeting in a pub with David Lillywhite led to the birth of Octane which, alongside Robert Coucher and Sanjay Seetanah and with financial backing from SImon Jordan, the then chairman of Crystal Palace Football Club, became a significant classic car publication. Geoff ran Octane for 15 years, managing the sale of the brand to Dennis Publishing and subsequently joining their senior management team with additional responsibility for evo and their specialist motoring division.
After a mad two year period as European President of The Motorsport Network, Geoff and David came together again to launch Autoclassics (now Motorious) and then Hothouse Media, with the aim of curating products and content aimed at the most active and influential participants in the classic and collector car market. Geoff has always been more comfortable behind a computer screen than behind a steering wheel. Having written-off two manufacturer test cars, he's best employed running the business rather than testing multi million pound rolling works of art. He can't be trusted to look after a classic car collection so his current garage consists of just one - a beautifully restored (not by Geoff) 1961 Morris Minor convertible.