As a child I always loved Science & ‘How it Works’ books, Lego & Meccano, and ‘kitchen science experiments’, and learnt diagnostic & repair skills in my mechanic father’s workshop. I have a B.Eng in Chemical Engineering, an MSc in Maritime Engineering Science & a PhD in Marine Composites & Statistics, & shop-floor production experience of windsurfer fins, sailing catamarans & yacht spars. I have designed & built test machines, composites workshops, & carbon sailing ship spars.


Born & bred on the River Colne on the UK North Sea coast, I started sailing 50 years ago & have never stopped – be it dinghies, windsurfing (and surfing) or yachts. Sailing & the sea have always been central to both my life & career choices.


My life-long fascination with science, engineering background & love of sailing and the sea all inexorably led me to a career in maritime engineering research. Over the last 25 years I have specialised in lightweight marine structures & high performance sailing craft. I have been listed on the Stanford University (yearly and career-long) rankings of the top 2% cited scientists in the world from 2021 to 2023 & have an h-index of 19 (Scopus & Web of Science).


I have supervised undergraduate, Masters & PhD students throughout my career, & was responsible for all undergraduate admissions & all examinations in the Department of Ship Science at Southampton University. I wrote & taught the Instituto Superior Técnico MSc course on Marine Composites, & have taught Physics in a UK secondary school & English as a Foreign Language in Germany.