I am the President of City, a constituent member of the University of London. In this role I lead an institution that is committed to business and the professions and that delivers education and research deeply informed by, and engaged with, practice.
I am a Professor of Software Systems Engineering. I have active interests across computer science and in all aspects of the development of complex software systems. In particular I am interested in software development methods, tools and business context.
I enjoy working on applied problems as a consultant. I have built successful spin-outs and advise start-up companies. I have always thought of myself as an engineer who happens to be an academic, rather than an academic who happens who happens to be an engineer!
I have served as a Chief Scientific Adviser in UK Government and have a particular background in problems of national security and defence. I have a strong and continuing interest in science and innovation policy and in government use of technology