The new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Power Networks will develop graduates into highly trained engineers, scientists, economists and regulators with the skills to engage in research, design and development that will drive UK innovation and prosperity.
After graduating from UMIST and the University of Cambridge, I joined GEC Measurements in 1983 and became a Senior Technical Engineer and later Research Manager. I moved to the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology in 1991 and subsequently progressed from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer to Reader. In 2002, I joined Queen's University as Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of Power & Energy Research. Finally, in 2006 I returned to the University of Manchester as Professor of Power Systems. I later became Director of the Joule Centre and Head of Electrical Energy & Power Systems. Currently, I am Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Power Systems.
As Professor of Power Systems Engineering I specialise in the protection and control of electrical power systems, impact of distributed/intermittent generators on electrical networks and the design and use of renewable energy systems and smart-grids.
As Director of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Power Systems I am responsible for the overall direction and management of the CDT and the links with industry.
In addition, I am also Convenor of CIGRE Working Group on Management of Protection Settings, a Member of the Greater Manchester Energy Advisory Group, Chair of the IET Manchester Division and was vice-Chair of the IEEE ISGT Europe 2011 Conference. I am an IEEE Distinguished lecturer.