He was born in Birmingham. He attended Handsworth Grammar School then Fosters Grammar School (now Foster's School) in Dorset. From the University of Southampton he gained a BSc in Chemistry in 1978 then a PhD in 1981.
He married Sally Smith in 1987 and they have one son. He lives in Wareham, Dorset.
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|Chief Executive of STFC
November 2016 -
||Managing Director of the National Physical Laboratory
2009 - 2015