Born in 1945, Reg was educated at Hay Currie School and studied history at Avery Hill College, University of London.
He began his working career in photo-journalism in 1960, in Fleet Street, where he photographed, among others, the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds and Duke Ellington. Later he qualified as a teacher and taught in Tower Hamlets where he also became a local councillor and Deputy Mayor of the Borough. A former Trustee of the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Reg is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Freeman of the City of London and a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Poulters. He has been a Justice of the Peace since 1986. In 2016, Reg was awarded the Docklands ‘Life-time achievement Award’ by The Wharf newspaper.