International Fire Investigators and Consultants, Imperial College London, University of Western Ontario
Rushbrook Lecturer in Fire Investigation
The University of Edinburgh
I look at how things burn so we can create a safer environment.
My Typical Day: Emails, lectures, meeting new people, discussing research ideas.
8am Arrive in the office (sometimes I go for a run first). Answer emails.
9am Reading reports, writing reports.
11am Go to the lab to meet people to discuss research
1pm Lunch (if the day isn’t too busy!)
2pm Meeting colleagues (sometimes in person often by Skype)
3pm More reading/writing
4pm Emails, tidying up, planning
5pm Time to go home!
Evenings – socialising, watching TV and sometimes catching up on work!
What I'd do with the money
Build an interactive fire demonstration to use on our open days and to post on our website
I would make a small scale reconstruction of the Empire Palace theatre to recreate the fire that happened in 1911. The fire was very sad as it led to the death of the most famous magician of the time and his lion. This fire was very important in the design of buildings and many of the rules we have today can be traced back to this event.
By making a reconstruction we can use it to demonstrate to the public many concepts that I use in my day to day job!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Inquisitive, anti-boredom crusader!
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Show that we can generate energy from poop.
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Sadly yes. But only ever had one detention.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Tough one.. probably a musician (but not a very good one!)
Who is your favourite singer or band?
David Bowie or jazz
What's your favourite food?
Sunday roast with all the trimmings
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Met Bill Gates!