A native of Warwickshire, Mel now lives in the Fens near Peterborough. A former surveyor with East Midlands Electricity, he spent two decades in editorial roles in transport journalism (road, rail, bus and coach) in the consumer and B2B sectors. He now runs his own consultancy and services business specialising in transport-related matters. A qualified Transport Manager (passenger) he also holds PCV and LGV licences. A member of numerous clubs, he runs a number of classic cars, ranging from Trabant, Wartburg, Austin Allegro and Morris Ital to a FX4 taxi, Bedford HA van, Mk1 Smart and a Citroën C6. A Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Carmen, he is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Chartered Institute of Logics and Transport and the Institute of Transport Administration.