After Brighton, I went up to Durham to read geology. I survived the experience and stayed on to do a Ph.D., also in geology (sequence stratigraphy).
After graduating, I joined BP in 1998 to work as a geologist in oil exploration. I've spent the majority of my time at BP exploring the deepwater offshore Angola (based in the outer London office rather than the southern Atlantic I hasten to add) though am now about to move to another London-based role exploring the Azeri southern Caspian. During that time I've broadened and deepened my interest in wine, bought a house (with cellar, of course) in Chertsey and have met and married a fellow BP geoscientist, Sara. We were married in March 2005 in Richmond-upon-Thames and live in Chertsey.