I enjoyed a brief spell as a Signaller in the Army, then as a reservist in Newcastle and Reading.

I joined the Met Office in 1988 gaining experience of many different types of instrumentation. One instrument a Dobson Ozone Spectrophotometer was used by BAS and discovered the Ozone hole over Antarctica. I enjoyed a secondment to WMO in Geneva assisting CIMO (Commission on Instruments and Methods of Observation) to upgrade and improve observations from developing countries. During that time I won the Professor Dr Vilho Väisälä Award for the Development and Implementation of Instruments and Observations.

Shortly afterwards I moved to lightning detection solving issues regarding sensitivity before moving to Observation Based Research where I was part of a team developing and maintaining instruments for the FAAM Research Aircraft.

I then worked as a technician at The King’s school in Ottery St. Mary before starting at Exeter University as an electronics technician.