Before working for UK Research and Innovation I was Professor of Regenerative Medicine Manufacture at Loughborough University for four years following 36 years in the healthcare industry. I still retain a Visiting Professor status at Loughborough.
I started out as a chemist and chemical engineer with Glaxo, Resolution Chemicals and Smith & Nephew (S&N). I began work in regenerative medicine in 1997.
I have Industry-based experience in quality assurance, process design, regulatory affairs and economic analysis. I was privileged to lead international projects including a UK-Japan programme (with the Tissue Engineering Research Centre, Tsukuba) and a UK-Ireland project (with NUI Galway).
I was made Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2011 and am active in entrepreneurship initiatives with the Academy. I am a Chartered Chemist and a Chartered Chemical Engineer.