I joined the University of Manchester in 1998 and was promoted to SL in 2004. After which I took on the role of Director of UG Studies in the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science (CEAS) from 2004 - 2009. Winner of the Royal Society Brian Mercer Award in 2008 for innovative research on the hydrocracking of mixed polymer waste (https://royalsociety.org/news/2009/tomorrows-world/) and as luck would have it, in the same year, I was also awarded an ExxonMobil (RAEng) Excellence in Teaching Gold Medal.
My most substantive departmental role to date came when I was given the role of Director of Teaching and Learning in 2011 which I carried out until the summer of 2019. I have also held a Faculty T&L position 2010 – 2015 developing and implementing policy as well as chairing a number of Faculty Peer Review Audits. For CEAS, I have successful led the professional body IChemE accreditation visits in 2008, 2013 and 2018.
I became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2014 and was promoted to Professor of Catalysis in 2019. In addition, I have also been an Associate Member of the IChemE since 2012 with particular interest in the Education sub-group.
My research in the Catalysis Group is structured around three themes: 1) Oil & Gas Heterogeneous Catalysis, 2) Fabrication and testing of structured catalysts and 3) Environmental Sustainability. Since 2003, I have been fortunate to help graduate 27 PhDs as principal supervisor and been awarded grant income of over £2M. Notable recent awards include a KTP award with B&M Longworth, Blackburn; and two UKRI awards as co-I; EP/S025200/1 RE3 - Rethinking Resources and Recycling, and, EP/R027129/1 Hub 'Science' 3: Catalysis for the Circular Economy and Sustainable Manufacturing.
I have held a number of industrial and industrially-linked posts; Manager of Centre for Thermal Studies, University of Huddersfield (1998), Manager of the Centre for Microporous Materials, UMIST (1991-1997); Laboratories Manager, SGS Redwood, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire (1987-1991) and worked with BP funded as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Chemistry, UMIST (1984-87).