Dr Hunton was born and grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, shortly after the disease named for the town was discovered. He obtained his B.Sc. in Agriculture (Honours) from Durham University's King's College, and his M.Sc. from Wye College, University of London.
While working for Shaver Poultry Breeding Farms in Canada Dr Hunton was awarded his PhD from the University of London. Dr Hunton spent his career working for Shaver Poultry Breeding Farms, Ross Poultry, and the Ontario Egg Producer’s Marketing Board. Throughout his career and for many years after retirement, he wrote articles for trade journals that made science understandable to the industry. He also wrote scientific articles and contributed to major text books, including being editor of “Poultry Production” in 1995. Dr Hunton was WPSA Canada Branch President, and international Vice-President, Senior Vice-President, and President. He led the successful bid for the XXI World Poultry Congress in Canada. During his time as WPSA President, he travelled widely on Association business to increase membership and branch formation, especially in South America. Dr Hunton also attended Symposia organized by Branches of the European Federation, Australia, India, and Bangladesh. For 45 years Dr Hunton has been an enthusiastic supporter of WPSA in all of its endeavours, and most recently led the committee to provide on-line access to the journal by all members.