Favourite Thing: PASTRY!! (perhaps slightly off topic though). Another: To ask questions – just like you(!) – and then conduct research studies to attempt to answer those questions. It’s always exciting to investigate things when there are no existing answers to a question. You can be one of the first people to know the answer!
Aylesford School in Warwick (1995 to 1999)
Canterbury Christ Church University: PhD in Exercise Physiology, and a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science.
Before my current post, I’ve lectured at universities in Dundee and Canterbury.
University Campus Suffolk
Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Sport and Exericse Science
Me and my work
I research and teach exercise physiology (how your body works during and after physical activity), specifically looking at the cardiovascular system.
My Typical Day
A working day is a mix of lecturing to students, and then being in the laboratory, either teaching students practical skills or collecting data for research studies.
What I'd do with the money
To buy a some laboratory items that would be excellent for school and/or college visits.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Understanding, calm and friendly.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Currently, I don’t know. When I was at secondary school, Oasis were at their peak, and I was obsessed! I remember scheduling a doctors appointment on a school day morning, on purpose, so I could go to Woolworths first thing to buy one of their albums released on that day (I’m not advocating bunking off school :-).
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Being a part of the first 19 months of my daughter’s life (a bit cheesy, sorry, but it’s true).
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1. Be a good dad and husband, 2. Generally enjoy things – including family and friends, and 3. Be good at what I do in my working life.
What did you want to be after you left school?
I originally wanted to be an engineer and work in Formula 1 motor racing. I completed a 4 year apprenticeship with Mercedes Benz high performance engines (McLaren F1 team engines), but decided it wasn’t actually a career for me.
Were you ever in trouble in at school?
Yes – when I was nervous, I always used to find it difficuly not to laugh/giggle. Therefore, if the class was being told off for something, I’d giggle and get the blame.
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Probably shared between achieving my PhD and having my research published.
Tell us a joke.
JIMMY CARR: “A lady with a clipboard stopped me in the street the other day. She said, can you spare a few minutes for Cancer Research? I said, all right, but we’re not going to get much done.”