I was born, raised and received my early education (St. Mary's) in the Riviera of the North, Blackpool. I obtained a MA degree in Physics from Keble College, Oxford in 1988 and continued at Oxford for my DPhil (1988-1992) in high energy experimental particle physics. In 1992-1996 I was based at the DESY (Hamburg) electron-proton collider, HERA as a member of the ZEUS experiment as a SERC fellow for Bristol University and then as a research associate at Oxford University. In 1996 I moved to Lawrence Berkeley Lab (California) as a research fellow and worked at the Fermilab Tevatron collider (Chicago) as part of the CDF experiment. I took up a lecturer position at UCL in 1999. In 2001 I took a sabbatical year to work for Quadriga Worldwide PLC developing satellite IP-based delivery software. In 2004 I was awarded the Moseley Medal by the Institute of Physics, elected a Fellow of the Institute and promoted to Reader. In 2008 I was promoted to a Professorship and was a Professor at UCL until 2019. I took up my current Professorial position at the University of Manchester in 2018.
I've have served in a number of departmental and university committees: undergraduate and postgraduate teaching committees, UCL Council, Academic Board, Ethical Investment committee. I was director of Teaching at UCL from 2009-2011 and head of the High Energy Physics Research Group from 2008-2016.
External to Manchester, I've served on the STFC grants panel (2004-2009), the STFC CMS oversight committee (2004-2008), chair of the STFC RAL advisory/oversight committee (2012-2016) and as a non-core member of the STFC Science Board (2014-2016). I was a member of the IoP Teachers Course Committee (2005-2010), a member (and chair) of the IoP's High Energy Physics Group Committee (2008-2014) and a member of the IoP Science and Innvoation committee (2010-2014). In 2010 I chaired the IoP PP2020 committee which prepared a forward look at research in particle physics and its impact on society and UK industry. I was a member of the CERN LHC Committee from 2014-2016 and chaired the STFC review of the ATLAS/CMS upgrade programmes in 2016. I became a member of the editorial board for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Physics in 2018. I was elected as the co-spokesperson of the Fermilab Muon g-2 experiment from 2018-2020. In 2022 I was a member of the panel that undertook a strategic review of UK particle physics on behalf of STFC. I was awarded the Chadwick Medal by the Institute of Physics in 2021 and in 2023 elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society and the American Physical Society .