I am a Professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester, where I am currently Head of School and co-lead the Information Management Group. My research focuses on distributed information management for challenging environments and applications. I have worked at Manchester since 1995, prior to which I was a lecturer at Heriot-Watt University and a research assistant at Aberdeen University, from which I graduated with a BSc in 1986 and a PhD in 1989. Externally, I am a member of the Editorial Board of the VLDB Journal, and Editor of the Proteome Standards Initiative.