I obtained a BSc (Pure and Applied Chemistry) with 1st Class Honours from the University of NSW in 1985, and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the same institution in 1989. Following a year as a Research Fellow at Macquarie University, I then moved to the USA, where I was a Research Fellow at Texas A&M and then Yale University. I joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Newcastle as a lecturer level B in 1994. I was promoted to senior lecturer (level C) in 1998 to Associate Professor (level D) in 2002 and Professor (level E) in 2006. Since arriving in Newcastle, I have built an active group, undertaking research in the generic area of fire chemistry. My work has resulted in the publication of 2 book chapters, 5 edited books, 121 peer-reviewed articles (63 journal papers and 58 conference papers); delivered 11 plenary and keynote presentations and 36 conference presentations (in addition to peer-reviewed conference papers), produced one provisional patent and 14 major consultancy reports.