My Background

I studied for my bachelors degree in Electronics at the University of Southampton and remained there for a PhD in Control Engineering. I then took a "gap year" working as a lecturer in the University of the West Indies in Trinidad, before returning to Southampton as a Research Fellow working on Human Factors.

I then moved to the University of Warwick to begin what turned out to be more than 30 years as a lecturer and then an Associate Professor within its School of Engineering. Here I worked on a wide range of research projects based initially on the industrial use of microcomputers and later on Safety Critical Systems. During this time I became a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS), a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET), a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Chartered I.T. Professional (CITP) and a European Engineer (Eur Ing).

My research has resulted in the production of a large number of research papers and I have presented many of these at conferences throughout the world. I have also written several text books in the areas of Electronics and Safety Critical Systems.


In parallel with my University work, for more than 30 years I was also the Managing Director of Embedded Systems Limited, a computer company specialising in the production of custom control and instrumentation systems. The company enabled me to get involved in a wide range of fascinating projects that would not have been possible through my role as an academic.

I have recently given up my position at Warwick and now operate as an independent consultant. This move has given me the freedom to concentrate on topics that are of particular interest to me, and also allows me to dedicate more time to the production of my textbooks and to other non-work-related activities.