University of Sheffield
Secondary education: St. Georges School
Primary education: St. Nicholas School
Masters in Chemical Engineering (4 years)
4 a-levels (3A & 1B) in Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Geography
… after continuing education for 6 months – my first time round I got 2B & 1C
11 GCSEs w/ 4 A*s
Research assistant in a laboratory
Waiter (in 3 different restaurants and a café)
Saxophone teacher and wedding band player
Systems Engineer for a fuel cell technology company
Ceres Power in Sussex – watch our videos online if you like! https://www.ceres.tech/
I’m an engineer with a passion for ‘clean/ green technology’. I spend my free life playing in the great outdoors, and my work life supporting engineering solutions to conserve that outdoors for future generations by fighting climate change.
I live in Brighton with my wife (who is als0 a scientist and a runner) and soon to be joined by a baby boy! I love anything to do with exploring the outdoors, and I’m happiest on the top of a mountain or dunking in the sea. I also have a passion for music, particularly Jazz and R&B and like to unwind playing sax with friends. I’m a terrible but enthusiastic DIY-er and seem to be spending lots of my time recently breaking bits of our home 🙂
I work as an engineer for a company called Ceres. We make fuel cells, which are a renewable technology similar to batteries or solar panels, that we use to make green energy.
Currently, I’m mostly working on requirements. This means chatting to customers and designers and trying to work out what our designs need to do, and how we will prove that the technology works. Here is a picture of one of our fuel cells:
Even after 5 years, I still spend lots of time really trying to understand the science behind our tech, so I can be as useful as possible to the team. Our stacks go into all sorts of places including cars, buses, businesses, homes and data centres (where they support the web).
My Typical Day:
Run (mud bath) -> coffee -> Play with maths and physics on a computer -> lunch -> study some music -> chat to some work mates about some stuff -> pizza -> tv -> Sleep
I wake up, make a strong coffee and go for a cold muddy run on the hills. After removing the mud and having some breakfast, I sit down and connect with colleagues online, speak about any design problems or new customer needs.
Sometimes I work on running computer models to predict how designs will work in different situations… sometimes I help colleagues understand why something has broken… sometimes I come up with tests to run to see whether our design is good or bad.
Always the best bit is chatting to people who are cleverer than I am, and learning from them. After work, I cook dinner – my wife comes home and we hang out together, probably watching TV or playing games..
What I do to help Planet Earth:
- I followed a career in renewable energy to help stop humankinds reliance on polluting, toxic and limited fossil fuels.
- I eat mostly plants as they require less land, energy and water to produce.
- I try to buy second hand as much as I can, or even better to be content with what I already have…. doesn’t always work 🙂
- I work from home so I don’t need to commute to work
- I spend my free time doing activities that I hope are in harmony with nature, like running or riding my bike
The CHRISTMAS LECTURE related to my work:
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Mourning my moustache
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
All my colleages inspire me each day!
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Very often... but not for anything serious
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Tree surgeon... firefighter... mountain rescue...
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Vulfpeck! Anything funky :)
What's your favourite food?
Indian food..... or a really good pizza :)
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Running sky-races in the alps!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Stay healthy, keep learning,
Tell us a joke.
A Wind Turbine Saw A Solar Panel At A Party… He Leaned In And Shouted, “HEY! I’m A Big Fan!”