A mathematician by training, I have worked in weather forecasting research since leaving university. As well as developing improved prediction methods, my research has encompassed the impacts of weather in many aspects of human life: from aviation and the military to flooding and health, with my current focus being on international disaster reduction. My wife and I moved to Sidmouth twelve years ago, when the Met Office headquarters moved from Bracknell to Exeter. I am a churchwarden at Sidmouth Parish Church, a founder member of the Vision Group for Sidmouth and a member of the Science Festival team. Since arriving in Sidmouth, my interest in local history has grown from researching the origin of a house name to writing books on the Street Names of Sidmouth, on Sidmouth in the First World War, and on the history of the Church.
I moved to Sidmouth from Warwickshire in 2004, having spent many holidays with my parents in law who lived here. My early career was in research of vegetable diseases. After having children, I returned to work in the retail side of horticultural and then most recently, for a large international charity. I joined the SVA as I have a keen interest in the ecology and conservation of this beautiful valley. My hobbies (not surprisingly!) are gardening, gig rowing and walking the many wonderful footpaths in the vale.