I became director of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority's Culham Laboratory in September 2008 – leading the UKs magnetic confinement fusion research programme – and still indulging my passion for theoretical plasma physics.

In leading the fusion programme at Culham, I am dedicated to nurturing high quality science and technology.  But I am also passionate in telling the world how fusion – the power source of the Sun – can help transform the future of energy provision.

I have spent my whole career around fusion research – undertaking post-doctoral work at Culham and Princeton, a spell at University of California Los Angeles before leading the plasma physics group at Imperial College London – where I remain a part time professor. 

I am Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics, a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology and in May 2014 I was honoured to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.