Neil Matthews was born in London and read History at UCL and the University of Westminster. His research into the Polytechnic Touring Association has been featured in Educating Mind, Body and Spirit: the legacy of Quintin Hogg and the Polytechnic, 1864-1992 and in Leisure Studies. Neil is also an award-winning travel writer, with articles in Best of British, Optima and elsewhere. His travel book Journeys from Wimbledon Common was published in 2012. By profession he is a Chartered Marketer, specialising in not-for-profit roles.