I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh in 1994. I then moved to Cambridge where I undertook a PhD in the neuropharmacology of Alzheimer’s disease. Following this I spent 3 years working as post-doctoral scientist in industry at ReNeuron based at the Institute for Psychiatry, King’s College London, before joining the Department of Pharmacology in Oxford in 2000. Whilst in Oxford my research interests were the pathophysiological basis of schizophrenia, first as a post-doctoral scientist and subsequently as a Departmental Lecturer until 2008. Between 2008 and 2016 I was the Training & Development Lead at the Department of Oncology, and within the Division of Medical Sciences I was the Divisional Director of Skills Training; this role provided strategic oversight of the Skills Training Programme (approximately 90 courses per annum).