Biography

I'm originally from the South of London and have always been a science geek. I went off to Cambridge University to study Natural Sciences (Botany) and then did a PhD in plant cell biology at the John Innes Institute in Norwich. While you may think that this makes me a plant scientist, I'm a science generalist at heart and I'm comfortable explaining the whole gamut of scientific subjects.

I've been making science television for over twenty years and I've worked behind the camera as a researcher, prop builder, director, producer, executive and company manager. My career as a presenter spans over ten years as the science reporter on the BBC1 flagship programme, The One Show. I've also appeared on regional, national and international series like Invention Nation (BBC1), The House the 50s Built (C4), Food Factory (BBC1) and Brainiac (Sky1).

When not on television, I spend much of my time on stage performing hair-raising and flammable science at science festivals around the country. I build all of my own props and take dangerous, high-voltage and high-speed science stunts to the audiences at prestigious venues like the Royal Institution, Cheltenham Science Festival, Edinburgh International Science Festival and BIG Bang Fair at the NEC, to name but a few.

I am currently the proud author of two books, both produced with publisher Michael O'Mara. My first, The Science of Everyday Life, has been on Amazon's best seller lists and translated into numerous languages. My second, The Science of Food, was published in 2017 and has been doing very well so far.

These days I live in Yorkshire, far away from London, and I'm very involved in the Otley Science Festival that I started back in 2008.