I currently hold the Ørsted / Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Advanced Geotechnical Design at Oxford. I am also Professor of Engineering Science in Civil Engineering and a Fellow at St Catherine’s College. I am the Oxford Director for the Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Marine Structures (graduate teaching). I am an Associate of the Geotechnical Consulting Group in London.

Growing up in country Western Australia I went to school in Esperance before moving to Perth to complete degrees in Civil Engineering and Commerce at the University of Western Australia. I came across to Oxford University in 1996 as a Rhodes Scholar to study for a doctorate in Engineering, afterwhich I continued as a postdoctoral Research Fellow funded by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. During that period I was also a College Lecturer in Engineering Science and a ‘Prize Fellow’ at Magdalen College. In 2001 I took up a Departmental Lecturership in the Engineering Department and continued as an Official Fellow at Magdalen College in a bursarial role (being responsible for the Oxford Science Park). In October 2005 I was appointed to a University Lecturership in Engineering Science with a Tutorial Fellowship at St Catherine's College. In July 2014 I was awarded the title of Professor of Engineering Science by the University and in 2018 I was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair. Prior to starting my graduate studies in Oxford I worked in research at UWA and Oxford as well as a short period for the consultancy firm Advanced Geomechanics.

Outside of academia I am interested in cricket and played for Oxford whilst a student gaining four Blues (1997 to 2000). I am also a playing member of the MCC. Previously, I played A Grade WACA cricket in Western Australia, as well as a two year stint in the Birmingham League.