Employment Details to end of 2017 include:

Diamond Light Source

June 2013 on

Science I.T. Coordinator

Coordinated computing activity across Diamond and lead a group of software developers to deliver enterprise wide WEB and database applications.

Diamond Light Source

January 2004 to May 2013

Head of Data Acquisition and Scientific Computing

Built a team of 28 highly qualified international software professionals. Directed their efforts to produce world class software and hardware solutions to some very challenging problems.

Used previous experience to help define the overall design and architecture of the I.T. systems at Diamond.

Developed and implemented processes for requirement gathering, monitoring and software implementation and testing.

e-Publishing 2000

2000 to 2004

Co-Owner and Technical Director

Worked with a number of UK and EU publishers including Whitaker, Swets and Zeitlinger, CAB International and Oxford University Press. I understand that some of the applications delivered remain in operation after 14 years.

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility

June 1991 to May 2000

Head of Software Group

Head-hunted in 1991 to help remedy service, systems and software delivery shortfalls.

Built a team of 15 highly qualified international software professionals to deliver data acquisition and analysis software.

Project management of various assignments including system enhancements.

Involved increasingly with client administration and automation of previously labour-intensive tasks.

Instigated initiatives leading to the incorporation of an international software conference (NOBUGS) and to the gradual adoption of Expert Systems where appropriate.

Initiated one of the earliest World Wide Web sites in France that opened in January 1993.

Rutherford Appleton Laboratories

Sept 1982 to June 1991

Head of Computing Group (the last 3 years)

Organized much of the data acquisition and analysis software for the ISIS spallation neutron source. This involved team building, technical decision making and software design and implementation on a number of levels.


Some Examples of Projects and Contributions

Cross Facility and EU

Major contributor to the successful FP7 PANData European and ODI projects particularly in the realms of common authentication, data storage with appropriate metadata and X-Ray detector information across > 18 large geographically distributed Science Facilities across Europe.

Leading the collaboration with JISC on Assent for non-WEB access to research facilities. Diamond now in the UK Access Management Federation.

Advisor to JRA2 (Demonstrator of a Photon Science Analysis Service) of Horizon 2020 CalipsoPlus project for Diamond.

Given a number of invited talks often concerning the links of large user science facilities such as Diamond to other interests.

Provided the key note presentation to the “GEANT 2, GN4 Symposium 2016” in Vienna on Diamond’s operation and suggestions of how Clouds and Clusters could have pivotal contributions in the future.

Diamond Light Source Synchrotron (DLS)



Designed the architecture for data acquisition for the Diamond experimental beamlines. (Now 28 active)

Managed, planned and contributed to the code base of the Diamond User Administration System.

 Initiated designed and managed the adoption of an Enterprise Single Sign On system from 2005. (Currently ~12000 users).

Authored a 5-10 year forward look vision for Diamond. This includes the likely increased interaction with Cluster and Cloud technologies.

European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

 Researched and managed the deployment of a state of the art data acquisition system an evolution of which remains in use.

 Pioneered the ESRF user administration system.


ISIS Pulsed Neutron Source at Rutherford Appleton Laboratories

Designed and deployed one of the earliest scientific data archives that now seems to have evolved to be a major design paradigm for many of those more recent archives.