I trained as an architect at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the 1980s. I then spent 20 years developing a successful architectural career in private practice designing and delivering a range of commercial, residential and mixed use developments. I started in London at DLG architects until the mid 1990s, then relocated to their Leeds office and by 2004 was Associate Director at Robinson Architects in Bradford.
I then decided to leave the architectural profession to apply my professional experience within the academic research sector. I joined Leeds University in 2011 initially to co-ordinate MEGAPROJECT, an EU (COST) funded project in the School of Civil Engineering investigating how very large scale construction projects are administered. By 2014 I had gone on to manage IMPRESS (Incontinence Management and Prevention through Engineering and Sciences), an EPSRC and NIHR funded medical technologies network charged with boosting research collaborations in a relatively neglected area of science. Here I had the unexpected opportunity to work on research with children and young people, to contribute to articles and publications and to secure coverage from the BBC World Service!
I haven't left architecture behind completely and in fact since 2014 I have had the pleasure of acting as a visiting tutor for the School of Civil Engineering supporting undergraduate students studying architectural engineering.
In my current role I manage two Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks - SENTINEL, a network researching Single Entity Electrochemistry and synBIOcarb, a network researching Synthetic Glycobiology
- Manager of Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Networks:
- SENTINEL: sentinel-itn.com
- synBIOcarb : synBIOcarb.science
- Association for Project Management Professional
- Chartered Architect
Visiting tutor to undergraduate Architectural Engineering building design module.
Research groups and institutes
- Pollard Institute