A. J. (Tony) Veal began his career in local government and then worked in the Universities of Birmingham and North London in the UK from 1968 to 1986. In 1986 he joined the then Kuring-gai CAE, which amalgamated with UTS in 1990. He was Head of School during the period 1997-99 and spent periods as Acting Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Business and Head of the Graduate School of Business in 1995-96 and 1999. In 2003 he retired from full-time employment at UTS and was appointed to the honorary position of Adjunct Professor. He is past president of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies (ANZALS) and former chair of the Leisure Studies Association (UK). In 2006 he received from Parks and Leisure Australia the Frank Stewart Award for contributions to the parks and leisure industry. He is author or co-author/editor of a number of books, including: Leisure and the Future (Allen and Unwin, 1987); Leisure and Tourism Policy and Planning (E2, CABI, 2002); Work and Leisure (Routledge, 2004); Free Time and Leisure Participation: International Perspectives (E2, CABI, 2005); Business Research Methods (E2, Addison Wesley, 2005); Research Methods for Leisure and Tourism (E3, Financial Times-Prentice Hall, 2006); Australian Leisure (E3, Pearson, 2006); A Handbook of Leisure Studies (Palgrave, 2006); and The Olympic Games: A Social Science Perspective (E2, CABI, 2007).