I think it was a mixture of being in the right place at the right time and having some inspiring teachers.
I was interested in chemistry from an early age because it seemed fun to mix stuff up and see what happened. I was lucky because I had a great chemistry teacher at school. I applied to study chemistry at York and got a place. I enjoyed it so much that I stayed to do a PhD. I didn’t think I wanted to do a PhD but I basically got offered one from the company I was working with at the time and jumped at the chance.
I’m a materials chemist which means I’m interested in the structures of things and try to get them to do the best job possible. In the science I do, for example, It’s important to kill as much bacteria as quickly as possible. You can make tiny adjustments to materials and they work in a different way.