School – Rainford High
University degree and PhD – Newcastle upon Tyne
O levels 11 (I think)
GCSEs 2 – did a couple of language GCSEs 10 years back
Degree BEng (Electrical and Electronic engineering)
PhD – Laser physics
Post doctoral research Research at Strathclyde Uni – laser generated ultrasound
Fibre optic telecommunications (2 years)
NHS – 13 years radiotherapy physics
7 (so far) years Radiation protection
Currently working in radiation protection for the NHS
National Health service – work for many hospitals throughout the north west of England ensuring patients and staff are protected against the hazards of mainly non-ionising radiation.
Work in radiation protection in the healthcare sector, particularly non-ionising (Lasers, UV EMF). Have done 13 years in radiotherapy so that just about covers the whole electromagnetic spectrum
Live in Leicester, and sometimes Manchester work with many hospitals in the north west of England. Interests – running, cycling, playing the guitar (got played on radio 1 once!), cooking (vegetarian for a few years now), photography and going for long walks in the countryside.
Work in healthcare with lasers, UV and x-ray producing equipment providing physics support.
Work in radiation protection in the healthcare sector. Providing physics support to users of medical lasers, phototherapy equipment and other sources of electromagnetic radiation. This is to protect staff and patients from the adverse effects that can arise if things go wrong!
I provide advice to hospitals management and staff on the safe use of electromagnetic radiation and provide training courses to a wide variety of hospital staff.
I also provide physics support for a photodynamic therapy clinic where we treat patients with skin cancer with a special light sensitive drug and light.
Have done 13 years in radiotherapy so that just about covers the whole electromagnetic spectrum.
My Typical Day:
At the minute working from home – I’m pretty much employed to advise hospitals on how to protect their employees and patients from the hazards of mainly non-ionising radiation such as ultravioler radiation and lasers.
At the minute working from home – occasional trip out (quite exciting to go somewhere exotic like Preston in these days of lockdown). Surveying laser theatres, Ultraviolet therapy installations, presenting laser safety courses. Doing practical measurements on all sorts of sources of optical radiation
What I'd do with the prize money:
Donate it to causes which inspire young people to develop an interest in science/engineering
I would probably donate it to the Manchester museum of science and industry to help enhance their learning programme for schools and education.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Helpful, curious, focused
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
What was your favourite subject at school?
probably Physics, or maths
What did you want to be after you left school?
A spaceman :)
Were you ever in trouble at school?
no, honest! :)
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
rubber bands are cool - especially the red ones
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
can't pin down one thing...
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
world peace, happiness, contentment
Tell us a joke.
an atom walks into a bar looking distressed, tells the barman 'I think I've lost an electron', barman says ' are you sure', atom replies 'I'm positive'.