I began my professional life as a teacher of English in Jamaica. On return to Britain, I taught for several years in multi-cultural schools in London, before working on the staff of the organisation that had recruited me to teach in Jamaica, Christians Abroad. During this period, I realised that inter-cultural learning included inter-religious learning. I, therefore, became involved in inter-religious groups in London. A pivotal visit to Sri Lanka in my early thirties eventually led to me studying Buddhism there. I lived in the country for over seven years and completed a doctorate. On return to Britain, I became a Research Fellow at Westminster College, Oxford. After this, I worked for eleven years as the Inter Faith Officer for the Methodist Church in Britain, a post that enabled me both to continue academic writing and to become involved in the public sphere of inter-religious relations. During this time, for instance, I lectured at Birmingham University and Lund University. In 2007, I moved back into full-time academic work at Liverpool Hope University, where I eventually became an Associate Professor in Religious Studies. I retired from Liverpool Hope in the summer of 2016 but continue to write and to teach.