On his return to the UK, he attended Kenilworth Grammar School (became Kenilworth School), and South Warwickshire College of Further Education (since 1993 Stratford-upon-Avon College) in Stratford-upon-Avon.
He studied economic history at the University of Leeds, graduating in 1981. He then undertook a Diploma in Management Studies (DMS) in recreation at the University of North London, followed by a master's degree in leisure and tourism from the same university.
He was chef de mission of Team GB at the 2016 Olympics, being appointed on 29 April 2014. He was also chef de Mission for Team GB for the 2015 European Games (the inaugural European Games), and a deputy chef de Mission at six previous Olympic games.
He was awarded the OBE for services to Sport in the 2017 New Year Honours having led the Great Britain Olympic Team to its most successful Olympic Games in modern history.
In 1989 he married Stephanie Culham in Farnham, Surrey, with whom he has three sons. The marriage ended in divorce after 15 years in 2004. In 2008 England started a relationship with his partner Helen Other with whom he has three further sons.