When I was little I wanted to be an artist – I loved drawing and painting. Then somebody told me you had to study after school and I didn’t want to do that.Then I went to secondary school and I had an absolutely fantastic chemistry teacher – appropriately he was called Mr Good – and from that day just wanted to be a chemist. So much for not wanting to study after school!! I went to university and did a BSc for 3 years, then an MSc for 1 year then a PhD in 2 years. Then the fun really began. In the meantime I had also made it up to the level of a semi-professional footballer (goalkeeper) but I made the right decision to stay a scientist as I wouldn’t have been good enough to earn a living beng a footballer.