Graduated in Chemical Engineering from Birmingham, then PhD and post-doctoral research at Cambridge. Joined Shell in the Netherlands to work in research and also design/troubleshooting for oil/gas and chemicals. Returned to UK in 1991 to start a chemical engineering group at Oxford University. Head of Department of Engineering Science 2005-2009. IChemE: Vice-President (Qualifications) 2001-2005; President 2008-9. President of European Federation of Chemical Engineering 2010-13. Research interests: Separation processes, foam and surfactants, sustainability, energy security, food-water-energy nexus and geo-engineering.