I graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 1976 with a Degree and PhD in Industrial Chemistry and joined Bombardier Aerospace Belfast as a Development Engineer specialising in adhesives and composite materials. In 1992 I was promoted to Technology Development Manager. In addition to managing the R&D Programme at Bombardier’s Belfast facility, I Chaired the Bombardier Aerospace Companies R&D Committee which had responsibility for all R&D within the Aerospace Division of Bombardier Inc. This included Shorts (Belfast), Canadair (Montreal), De Havilland (Toronto) and Learjet (Wichita).
I joined the QUESTOR Centre at QUB in 1996 as Projects Manager and became Director of the Centre in 2002. I also helped set up CASE and was the Founding Director.
I retired from QUB in May 2014 and helped set up Globus 3 Ltd, a Company that has developed a proprietary technology for granulating waste biomass materials (such as chicken litter, digestate and animal slurries etc.) to form spherical granules that can be used as either a fuel or as a fertiliser.
I am currently Chairman and a Director of Globus 3 Ltd.