Born and Lived: Born in the UK, lived in the US and Japan but now based in Toronto Canada.
Professional Career and Activities: Working for Thomson Reuters for 15 years and based at the National Library of Medicine before that (as a user of the library not an employee).
Family: A fiance and two cats
In My Spare Time: Learning Chinese.
Favorite Books: Tough question… lately I am really into Dan Simmons. But my favorite book relevant to librarianship has to be “Communicating Knowledge” by John Feather
Pet Peeves: Having to fill our endless forms for the Charleston Conference (just kidding)
Philosophy: ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’, ‘My international experience shapes who I am and what I stand for’ and “We study the sciences to better understand the universe, and the arts to understand the people in it” – or something like that (Jean-Luc Picard, Captain, Starship Enterprise)
Most Memorable Career Achievement: Creating and delivering the World University Rankings for Times Higher Education.
Goal I Hope to Achieve Five Years from Now: Win the lottery and playing more golf.
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: I think that scientific publishing is ripe for a game changing innovation. However, I do not think the current Open Access business models are going to work, there is a need for something very different.
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