Following 10 years in production, support and technology, during which I completed my undergraduate degree in Physics in the evening, I began a PhD and then joined BT as a late starter on the grad scheme.

Although originally placed in a coding and analysis role, my real interest was the physics and technology of communications. I got involved outside my normal job with the optics team and deploying a new trial of quantum communications. This led to a move to that team, and I became deeply involved with downstreamimg quantum information technology, working with the UK Quantum hub on the UKQNTel Quantum Key Distribution network, among other projects.