At school I studied science subjects and I was particularly interested in mathematics. I was awarded a Scholarship at Cambridge University. I took the Mathematics exams to get into Cambridge but, as I felt this subject was too abstract, I read Engineering. Whilst studying Engineering I became very interested in Joint replacement and its development. Therefore, despite achieving first class results and being awarded the Wright Prize for Engineering, I changed to reading medicine. I did my clinical medicine at St Thomas' Hospital in London and then returned to Cambridge to train as a surgeon. Whilst there I did a higher degree (MD) studying the tissue reaction to joint replacement. I then moved to Oxford to do my Orthopaedic training and to continue research with the oxford Bio-Engineers. I was appointed in Oxford as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon specialising in Hip and Knee surgery in 1996 and as a Professor in the University of Oxford in 1999.
I have always enjoyed sport and represented my school in six sports. I then rowed for Cambridge University and was in a boat race winning Goldie crew. I subsequently rowed for London University and Leander Club in Henley. I currently enjoy skiing and sailing.