After an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, a Masters in Fluid Mechanics and a PhD in Physical Oceanography on 'Mixing and Stratifying Processes in the Oceanic Mixed Layer and Seasonal Thermocline', all in the UK, I worked as a PostDoc in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, USA investigating mixing across density interfaces.
After two years I moved back to the UK and worked on baroclinic instability in the Reading Department of Meteorology atmospheric modelling group, before moving to the Radar Group in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering as part of a team developing oceanographic HF radar systems. This has been the subject of my research ever since and I now call myself a Radio Oceanographer.
I eventually took up a more permanent academic position at the University of Sheffield in the School of Mathematics and Statistics becoming a Professor in 1999. At Sheffield I have been involved with the development of new methods to extract wave and wind information from these radar systems and in a number of national and international experiments to validate these measurements. During this time I set up the company Seaview Sensing Ltd to commercialise the software package. I was the Director of the Australian Coastal Ocean Radar Network (ACORN) which is a Facility of the Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) from 2011 to 2014.