I graduated from Manchester University in 1980 with a first class honours degree in Mechanical engineering. I gained my PhD in Oil spillage recovery devices which have been patented world-wide and sold commercially for the last 30 years. I worked as a post-doctoral research associate to develop a Phase Doppler particle sizing system and designed and built a pressurised water reactor rig which was used for loss of coolant accident studies.
I spent seven years working at Rolls-Royce plc in the Advanced Research Laboratory on a number of projects in fluid mechanics, fuel sprays, and computational intelligence techniques. After RR, I worked as the IT and R&D manager of a motorcycle component company and gained experience in the financial running of a business. I founded SCITEK Consultants Ltd in 1997.
Outside of work, I am a keen photographer and enjoy building model airplanes and helicopters. I also enjoy skiing, and playing football and tennis.