After reading for an Honours B.Sc. in Biochemistry at the University of Leeds, followed by an M.Sc. in Microbiology at the Imperial College, University of London, I took a position at the Central Public Health Laboratory where I submitted for a Ph.D. to the University of London.

Married to Shirley, with three children, two sons and a daughter, my Grandson has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and I have been on a steep learning curve, trying to understand the condition and how to help others in this situation.