Roy began his teaching career began in 1984 in Selby, North Yorkshire, where he taught French and German in a comprehensive school for five years. At the end of the eighties he moved to Madrid and a career in ELT. Most of histime there has been spent working with International House, as teacher, teacher-trainer and at one point Cambridge Examinations Co-ordinator. In the mid 1990s he spent 18 months in Vilnius, Lithuania, where he held the post of Director of Studies at Soros International House.
In 1996 he came back to International House Madrid to teach, and started writing for Macmillan three years later. With the invaluable support and understanding of my wife, Azucena, and daughters Lara and Elisa, he has written Ready for FCE (2001), Ready for CAE (2004) and Straightforward Advanced (2008), and co-written Direct to FCE (2011). He also contributed to the Spanish bachillerato course Upgrade (2010).