I spent six years in Sheffield as an undergraduate, and as a postgraduate studying physics. The mathematical and computing skills I developed during this time stood me in good stead for my first job in industry, writing software to control tools for cutting and milling (CAM). I travelled to Australia, worked in Computer games, and for a short while built a train control system in New Zealand.
I returned to the UK in the wake of the Nick Leeson/Rogue Trader incident to work in banking. Eventually I found myself as head of Risk systems for the Group for RBS. During the crisis I was looking for more meaning in my work, and was lucky enough to found a technology venture capital fund. I still do this, but mostly now I spend my time as a founding director of Sparx, an Education technology company – the best job I have ever had!