After completing a degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge, I took a short term research post in the Department of Information Studies (as the Information School was then called) and contributed to the building of a database of generic chemical structures as found in the patent literature. This post fueled my interest in computing and I took the MSc in Information Science, returning to the generic structures project for my master’s dissertation and subsequent PhD - this time developing novel search algorithms to retrieve structural information from the database. I then moved to the Chemistry Department at Leeds University where I led a team working on de novo design (that is, the in-silico design of chemical compounds to fit a set of constraints such as a protein binding site) before returning to Sheffield in the mid-nineties and taking up an academic post.
- Head of School 2012-2016 & 2019-
- REF Coordinator 2017-
- Deputy Director of Research 2017-
- Director of Research 2010-2012
- Member of School’s Strategy Group 2009-
- Member of School Promotions Panel
- Workload Allocation Model lead 2010-2016.
- Programme Coordinator for the MSc (Res) in Chemoinformatics (formerly the MSc in Chemoinformatics) 2000-2010.
- Departmental EPSRC DTG Coordinator.
- Staff Review and Development Scheme reviewer.
- School Research Ethics Coordinator 2008-2010.
- Chair of Staff/Student Committee from 2004 to 2007.
- School Representative on Teaching Affairs Committee, Pure Science, 1999-2004.
- Editor of School Newsletter, 1999-2004.