After 16 years in social work, social housing management, an academic post and government funded policy research, approved by vote of the House of Commons and lead home news story in the Times, I qualified for the Bar by private study. After three years practice in the Temple, family responsibilities made me requalify as a solicitor. 17 years practice ended with myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow. Several near fatalities were a result of negligent treatment. My complaints were dismissed with dishonest explanations and denial at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex, in my humble opinion as a patient.

This experience of harm by the health care system led to involvement in research. Over the last six years I have joined research agencies as a lay patient adviser, currently at Imperial College, Oxford University, Cancer Research UK, Myeloma UK and the National Institute for Health Research, where I am an expert assessor, using my experience of published research, data analytics and digital pattern recognition at Google DeepMind.