I trained as a doctor in London. I developed an interest in microbiology while working on a British Antarctic Survey research project in 1993. I secured a medical microbiology training post in Aberdeen, gaining my Certificate of Completion of Training in 1999. I developed a sub-specialty interest in mycology and completed a PhD in 2002 at Aberdeen University. I then moved to Leeds, working as a Consultant Microbiologist, Senior Lecturer and Head of Mycology. In 2012 I was appointed as a General Medical Council case examiner.
I was appointed to Harrogate in 2015 and work part-time as a Consultant Medical Microbiologist and General Medical Council case examiner. I am an editor of Davidson’s Principles and Practice of Medicine and a member of a NICE Health Technology Assessment Panel and the CHM Infections Expert Advisory Group.