Mal came to framing late in life which rapidly turned into his third career. After leaving school he became an apprentice draughtsman before gaining a degree in mechanical engineering; he then served 31 years as a navigator in the Royal Air Force.
On retirement he turned his attention to his hobby of many years, picture framing; starting Harlequin Frames in 2000. Mal gained his GCF in May 2002. He then took and passed the Textile Advanced Accreditation in May 2006 and the Conservation Framing Advanced Accreditation in August 2011.
Mal has framed a wide variety of items including watercolours, oils, photographs, medals, object/memorabilia (including a guitar signed by Aerosmith).