I grew up in West Yorkshire, attending King James' School and Greenhead College, before studying Mathematics and Astronomy (B.Sc) at University College London (1986 - 1989) followed by a PhD in the UCL astrophysics group group, under the supervision of Prof Allan Willis and Dr Linda Smith (1989 - 1993).

I spent 5 years as a Research Council (PPARC) funded postdoc at UCL, before receiving a Royal Society University Research Fellowship which I held at UCL (1998 - 2003) and Sheffield (2003 -2006). I was initially appointed to Lectureship in Sheffield (7/2003 - 9/2005), followed by a Readership (10/2005 - 12/2006) and Personal Chair (2007-). I currently serve on the following national/international committees:
  • Royal Society University Research Fellowship Ai appointment committee (2014+, Deputy Chair 2016+).

I was the Director of Teaching of the Department of Physics and Astronomy from 2012/13 - 2015/16, and currently serve as Head of Department (Jan 2018-), having been interim HoD between Jun 2016 - Jan 2017, and have been a member of University Senate since 2011/12.

I have previously served on the following:

  • TAC member and sub-panel chair for HST Cycle 28 (2020)
  • IAU Commission 29: Stellar Spectra. Organizing Ctte Member (2012-2015)
  • E-ELT UK Design Study Steering Ctte (2009-2016)
  • IAU Working Group on Massive stars. Organizing Ctte Member (2003-2012)
  • TAC member and sub-panel chair for HST Cycle 18 (2010) - details here
  • Sub-panel member for Spitzer Cycle 5 (2008)
  • Gemini Telescopes. UK National Time Allocation Committee (NTAC) Chair from Semester 08A until 09B, and PATT linked grants panel member.
  • Sub-panel member for HST Cycle 16 (2007)
  • Isaac Newton Group (ING) board member (2004-2007)
  • ESO Observing Proposal Ctte (OPC), member-at-large (2001-2003)

I don't blog regularly, but have contributed the following (guest) posts:

Finally, I am interested in UK science policy, and have made the following contributions