I joined Manchester University in 2003 but started my career in industrial Research and Development of materials and reliability assessment. I progressed through the management of R&D and moved into manufacturing and general management before joining academia. I am now Professor of Electrical Materials. I am a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a past President of the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society.
My work concerns the design of electrical insulation materials and systems, and their reliability. I am particularly active developing models for high voltage insulation surfaces, and models for asset management. In this I work closely with a number of utilities including National Grid and SSE. Presently I manage the EPSRC 'Networks Top and Tail' Grand Challenge collaborative project in which 8 Universities are engaged. I am also working on a number of other EPSRC funded projects including 'Towards Enhanced DC Cable Systems' and 'Composite Dielectric Structures with Enhanced lifetimes'.
Particular areas of focus are:
- Reliability of dielectric materials
- Polymeric insulation systems
- Asset Management
- Overhead line design and cable insulation