I was born and grew up (mostly) in West Sussex. A bit later I did my undergraduate degree, in chemistry, at the University of York in the UK. At the end of my degree, I spent time working as an ERASMUS student at the University of Helsinki.

I returned to York in 2004 to begin studing for a PhD with Jason Lynam, studying mechanistic and supramolecular organometallic chemistry.

Postdoctoral work followed, working with Simon Duckett on novel hyperpolarisation techniques for NMR spectroscopy.

In 2010 I moved to work in the group of David Scheschkewitz, first at Imperial College and then later at the Universität des Saarlandes, in Saarland, Germany, as a Marie Curie fellow. I learnt a lot about silicon chemistry and my exposure to the world of main-group chemistry renewed my enthusiasm for synthetic chemistry.

In 2013 I was appointed as a Chancellor’s Fellow at the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. In 2016, I was awarded an ERC Starting Grant, and in 2019 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer. In 2022 I won a prize for some chemistry from the RSC.

Apart from chemistry I like running, motorsport, books, music and going really fast.

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