Lancastrian born and a Cambridge science graduate, I have worked at Newcastle University for all my academic career except six years in Germany. I formally retired as a Professor in Chemistry in 2009, but continue with a part-time appointment researching in crystallography and applications of synchrotron radiation.
I have had a lot of connection with the Chaplaincy and led the Staff Christian Group for many years. I was invited in 2010 to consider taking up the vacant post of Baptist Chaplain alongside my continuing research role, and am glad to have this opportunity to demonstrate my firm conviction that science and Christian faith are not in conflict but are excellent partners in life, as well as to serve in other ways in the Chaplaincy team. I obtained a Certificate in Theology from the University of Wales through a distance learning course at Spurgeon's College London, and am a local preacher recognised by the Baptist Union of Great Britain. With a recent house move from Newcastle into the Tyne Valley, I am now a member of Stocksfield Baptist Church.
My other interests include classical music and singing, cycling and other outdoor pursuits, reading, and being a fairly new grandfather, my wife is gradually getting me into gardening. We have four adult children.