1974-77 D.Phil. in Lipid metabolism in the leaves of higher plants. Dept of Biological Sciences, University of York, UK
1977-80 Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar at University of California, Davis. Research on plant lipid biochemistry
1980-84 AFRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Research Institute for Photosynthesis, University of Sheffield. Worked on lipid-protein interactions in photosynthetic membranes and model systems
1984-85 Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellow at Research School for Biological Sciences, Australian National University and CSIRO, Canberra, Australia. Work on the organisation of photosynthetic membranes
1985-90 New Blood Lecturer in Plant Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Department of Biological Sciences, University of Durham, UK. Established oilseeds research group investigating the regulation and biotechnological manipulation of storage lipid formation in seeds.
1990-00 Head of Brassica & Oilseeds Research Department at John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK. Established a new multi-disciplinary research department for crop biotechnology including genomics & molecular breeding.
1998 Awarded Honorary Professorship in Biological Sciences by University of East Anglia, UK
2001 Head of Biotechnology Unit and Head of Biology Research at University of Glamorgan, UK
2003 Awarded Personal Chair in Biotechnology at University of Glamorgan, UK
2008 Appointed Biotechnology Advisor to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
2012 Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology
Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology