I have a first class honors degree in chemistry, specializing in biological and medicinal chemistry. I have the slightly geeky honour of having achieved 100% in my 3rd year degree exam in ‘Statistical Mechanics’, which is a branch of quantum physics applied to chemistry. After completing my PhD, I worked for 4 years in the pharmaceutical industry, first developing drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer, then a year managing leadership and change projects. During this time I also served as an athletics coach and manager of one of the UK’s largest athletics clubs, leading them to three successive UK finals. Upon leaving the pharmaceutical industry, I co-founded the international relief charity Spirit Aid Foundation and served as a director for 2 years.
While writing my first book (2004-2005), I taught chemistry (main) plus ecology and mathematics (secondary) at James Watt College of Further and Higher Education and tutored chemistry at Glasgow University.
I’m now a bestselling author of 8 books (No’s 9 and 10 are due out in 2017) published by Hay House, and offer talks and workshops that use science to inspire – fusing neuroscience, the mind-body connection, and philosophical and eastern spiritual teachings. I also write a regular blog on my website as well as occasional blogs for the Huffington Post (US edition) and Psychologies Life Labs.
I have been featured in numerous publications, including ELLE, RED Magazine, Psychologies, YOU Magazine, Good Housekeeping (both UK & US), and several newspapers.
You might wonder how I got into writing on the subjects I do. Well, during my time in the pharmaceutical industry, I was fascinated by the placebo effect – how people improve through believing they are receiving a drug – so I began to study mind-body interactions in my spare time. I decided to leave the pharmaceutical industry after 4 years because I wanted to write and speak about the mind-body connection and help people to believe in themselves more. And I also wanted to write and speak about kindness and spread the idea that a small group of people with compassion and kindness in their hearts can change the world.