About

This page is intended to tell you a little bit more about me, or at least as much as a few paragraphs can do. You can also use this page to gauge how current the site really is: if I don’t ensure that the snapshot presented remains current it will soon show…

I’ll start with work, not because that is the most important, but more because the people who are interested in reading the personal stuff at the bottom probably already know that information.

I currently work as the CTO at a small cricket analysis start up CricViz Ltd. Prior to this I was a co-founder and Director of Onside Analysis, a company specialising in independent scouting combined with robust statistical modelling and analysis for a variety of stakeholders in the football industry. The business was set up in late 2011 and acquired by Stratagem Technologies in 2014, where I continue as a director until August 2015.

Before Onside Analysis, I worked in an 18 month Postdoc position at Imperial College London, in the UK. I was a research assistant in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, in the School of Public Health, working with Prof. Sylvia Richardson, who was head of the Biostatistics group. I started working at Imperial in July, 2010 on a project aimed at understanding how various factors combine towards the risk of lung cancer. In more technical terms, we were developing methods and algorithms to make inference about covariate interactions in a very large case control study. Although the application is very definitely epidemiological, the project was largely focussed on developing and extending methodology for this purpose. During my time at Imperial I worked with a number of collaborators, looking mainly at developing Profile Regression and the Evolutionary stochastic search algorithm.

Prior to working at Imperial I had a fantastic job at a company called Smartodds Ltd. Smartodds is a rather unusual company, somewhat like a hedge fund, but operating in sports betting markets. By combining complex statistical modelling, expert sports knowledge and experienced traders Smartodds place bets on behalf of its clients and offers a positive expected return. I was fortunate enough to be part of Smartodds from its inception as a company and had 7 great years there, working from when it was just a handful of people until when I left when there were close to 50 full time employees (and many more consultants). I headed up the Quantitative Team which was responsible for the research and implementation of all the statistical models, providing up to date probabilities to traders. I was also part of the management board, having an impact on the direction of the company. Despite being a great job that combined two of my greatest interests, football and statistics, I am a strong believer that life is too short to stay in the same place for too long. It was a hard decision but I decided to return to academia and I am happy to say I have no regrets.

In 2005 I was awarded my Ph.D., having studied in the Statistics group, in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Bristol. Supervised by Prof. Peter Green my thesis was on automatic reversible jump Markov chain Monte Carlo. I also have a first class M.Sci. in Mathematics also from the University of Bristol. Between the two I briefly worked as a trainee actuary at PriceWaterHouseCoopers, sufficiently long to decide that this wasn’t the career for me.

Away from work I am married to the lovely Wendy and have two wonderful children Millie and Harry. Our family is completed by the one naughty cocker spaniel Mtani.

We currently live in Cranleigh, near Guildford, in Surrey. We moved to Cranleigh from Tooting, in south west London in December 2010. Before London and Bristol I grew up on the south coast in Worthing, West Sussex where my parents still live. I also have a brother (Dr.) Jon who lives in Shoreham-by -Sea in West Sussex. I am also largely involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, largely due to the fact that Jon suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. For people who want to learn more I recommend the film that he recently made: A Life Worth Living.