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Favourite Thing: Showing people that science is all around you – from fireworks to chocolate!
I went to Soham Village College (1980-85), then Cambridge College of Arts and Technology (1985-87) and then De Montford University (1987-1990). I decided to go back to learn a new subject and went to University of Hertfordshire (1997-2000)
I have 13 O’levels (these were what you got before GCSEs!), and 4 A levels. I have a degree (BSc) in Chemistry and Mathematics and a masters degree (MSc) in Pharmacology and Toxicology
I have worked in a chemical factory designing and making glue and fertillizer, I have worked in a company which makes the drips (intravenous infusions) they put in your arm when you are ill in hospital (I used check to make sure the right ingredients had been added – and I made some dummy ones to use in TV programmes like Casualty etc), and I have worked in pharmaceutical companies.
I am currently Director of Regulatory Affairs – It is a grand title but basically I talk with health authorities all over the world to ask them to allow us to sell our medicines in their countries having done the right clinical trials first.
I work for a Japanese company called Eisai.
Me and my work
I help to get medicines to people and also I help people to look differently at their science degree
In my everyday job I work out how to get people the medicines they need by talking with health authorities in different countries in the world to find out what information they want about the medicine. I then use this information to write strategies and plan clinical studies so we can find out how well a medicine works and whether it is safe for people to take. It is a really exciting job and I get to travel to places all over the world and meet very interesting people. There are some pictures below from my travels.
One of the things I like to do in my spare time is help people to find a job or career pathway by getting them to look differently at their degree. So for example, if you have a degree in chemistry, you don’t have to stand at a lab bench all day, you can work in brewing or cake making or medicine or even in childrens toys where knowledge about how materials work is very important. Some colleagues of mine were recently made redundant and I worked with them to get them other jobs by suggesting new things they can do with a chemistry degree.
What I'd do with the money
Show young people that chemistry is not all about laboratories
I would like the money to help fund trips for young people to visit some employers where science is important but the company is not a typical laboratory. For example a food company, a farm, a paint factory etc. Hopefully then young people can see all the different careers where a chemistry qualification can be useful and want to study chemistry. It really isn’t all about standing at a bench all day doing experiments!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Bubbly, fun, organised.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I have so many favourites but probably……..K T Turnstall or maybe Gregory Porter or maybe George Ezra……see too many favourites!
What's your favourite food?
I love ice cream!!!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I went down a salt mine and slid 100m down a log to get to the bottom, just like the miners used to do. Seeing salt like that is amazing – it doesn’t look like the salt you put on chips!
What did you want to be after you left school?
I wanted to be an English teacher.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not big trouble, but I got detentions for talking too much – frequently!!
What was your favourite subject at school?
Chemistry…..of course! But I also liked English, German and Geography. I was completely hopeless at Home Economics!!
What's the coolest job in chemistry you've come across?
Tea blender in Sri Lanka. I saw this advertised while on holiday and it said that a degree in chemistry or a related subject would be desirable.
What do you think is the best science discovery in history?
Penicillin……it has saved millions of lives, not only humans but animals too all over the world.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1. Win a large amount of money on the lottery! 2. Be able to eat chocolate all day without getting fat! 3. Have everyone I know like each other and get on with each other so I don’t get pulled in different directions and have to choose sides.
Tell us a joke.
I am useless at jokes but here goes……What has more lives than a cat? A frog – it croaks every night!!! See I told you, rubbish!!
I work from home 2 or 3 days per week……here is a picture of Harry who helps, or should that be distracts, me?
Because I work for a Japanese company, I often get the opportunity to visit Japan, this is a picture from my last trip – I am always amazed at how similar all cities look!!
And this was from my trip to Washington DC where I went to a meeting with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This was taken on a rare afternoon off when I went sightseeing.
And this is India…….look at those electricity wires! People actually shin up the poles holding the wires and plug themselves into the electricity supply to supply energy to their homes!