Rod spent seven years with KPMG, qualifying as a chartered accountant in Norwich and them moving to the London and Tehran offices. He then spent eight years with Shell working in planning, joint ventures and chemicals. He took an MBA at Cranfield during this period.

He then moved to Conoco to manage their investment in pipelines and terminals in the North Sea. He served on management committees of the Brent System and Sullom Voe Oil Terminal in the Shetlands.

Rod left oil industry to make a career move into management consultancy. His first four years were spent with Doctus, as an account director, and P-E International as regional director for central London. He then bought into EIS Consultants Ltd, a specialist in Executive Information Systems (the earliest form of Business Intelligence), and sold out three years later. He acted as Finance Director to five small companies.

He has been working as a freelance writer and journalist for the last 15 years.