I am the Co-Founder and Academic Lead for the Surf Lab, a School of Applied Sciences based partnership with Lost Shore, a £55 million pound inland wavepool development under construction in Ratho. Surf Lab is the first research facility globally, which focusses on all aspects of surfing, in areas such as performance, product design, along with the broader area of health and well being.
Academically, I completed my PhD in Biomechanics from Edith Cowan University (ECU) in my home city of Perth, Western Australia, where I also obtained my BSc in Sport & Exercise Science and MSc in Biomechanics. My research thesis was titled 'Characteristics and Determinants of Aerial Surfing with Implications for Representative Task Design'. During my time at ECU, I gained experience working alongside staff at the Australian Institute of Sport in a variety of sports, carrying out different roles, principally in biomechanical analysis of sports performance. In 2003 I joined the staff here at Edinburgh Napier University working principally as a lecturer in a range of modules and providing sports science support. In 2010, I gained a second MSc in Sports Medicine from the University of Glasgow.