It was my hobby in electronics that turned to a career. I started out in the electronics industry after leaving school in 1980 and started an apprenticeship scheme with Ferranti Electronics.
In 1988 I set up my own company designing and manufacturing laser systems.
In 1999 I moved into consultancy, providing systems engineering services to the defence industry. This involved working with several major aerospace companies in the UK including General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems.