Before joining Buckinghamshire New University in 2019 as a senior lecturer, I was an applied sport scientist working in elite sport. I worked as an exercise physiologist and as the Head of High-Performance Science & Medicine with British Rowing, and as a sport scientist with British Swimming.
I studied for my BSc & MSc at the University of Wolverhampton, and my PhD with Professor Greg Whyte at Liverpool John Moores University, while working in elite sport. My specialist area of interest is the physiological determinants of rowing performance and training distribution in endurance sport.
I am a BASES accredited sports scientist and have contributed to several research papers, book chapters, and magazine articles on sport science related subjects.
My specialist knowledge has led me to work with many elite athletes and coaches such as Helen Glover, Katherine Grainger, Andy Triggs-Hodge, and James Guy. My career highlight so far was providing physiological support to Team GB athletes at the Beijing, London, and Rio Olympic Games.
My own sporting achievements include a sub-3hr London marathon and successfully completing the Chase the Sun endurance cycling event. I have recently taken up Cyclo-Cross racing in the winter months and love open water swimming when the chance arises.
This was motivated by my new sporting idol, Wout van Aert who has recently transferred his CX success to a successful tour de France debut – his attacking flair and all round skill are inspiring. As a bit Wolverhampton Wanderers fan, Steve Bull will always be a hero of mine.
My sporting highlight is probably Team GB’s performance on ‘Super Saturday’ during the London 2012 Olympics. Being a part of the rowing support team was an amazing experience when combined with the multi-sport successes that day.