I have a BSc in Chemical and Polymer Technology. My career started within R&D but subsequently moved into marketing. Moved to Switzerland for 15 years becoming a Technical Director before returning to the UK as R&D Director managing four groups across the USA, the UK and Switzerland for an international packaging company. Following a heart attack in 2007, I had a stent fitted, then developed atrial fibrillation and I was given a pacemaker and defibrillator. Retiring in 2011, I served on a BHF patient data advisory panel, Clinical Studies Committee and now sit on the BHF/CRC Oversight Board and BHF DSC Oversight Committee. My hobbies are skiing, cycling, DIY, maintaining and driving a classic MGB!