Alex Mayall 2014

Alex Mayall (2009)

After his BA in Physics from Oxford, Alex gained an MSc in Cybernetics from the University of Reading. Alex then worked for a computer software company before moving to the financial services sector where he is currently an Advisory Associate at Anthemis Group in London

David Pankhurst 1993

David Pankhurst (1993)

David gained a BSc in Physics from the University of Leeds and then a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of  Cambridge. After working in Materials Science at the University of Oxford for a few years, David then moved to the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) in London as a Principal Scientific Officer. His current role is Universal Credit Policy Analysis which involves childcare and various aspects of earnings/earnings policy. Complex microsimulation modelling of caseloads and costings. Ministerial and public briefing. Engagement with broad range of external stakeholders on analytical issues within policy. Lead on all issues to do with entry to the Operational Research Profession in DWP.

Greg Verghese 2007

Greg Verghese [2007 ]

Greg gained a MSc (1st class hons) in Physics from the University of Bristol. From there he took an internship at Allianz Insurance and then moved onto take up a position as a Business Analyst and then into Risk Analysis. He is currently working for Solo Capital Partners in London as a Risk Associate.

Tim Ebbels

Tim Ebbels [1991]

Tim studied Pure & Applied Maths, Physics and Chemistry at A level in the Sixth Form. From there he went to the University of Cambridge where he gained a BA(hons) in Physics and then a Ph.D in Astrophysics.

Tim is currently a Senior Lecturer at Imperial College, London. He is a Reader in Computational Bioinformatics within the Computational and Systems Medicine Section of the Department of Surgery and Cancer.  His overall research interests lie at the interface between two broad areas: multivariate data analysis and post-genomic technologies.

He is married with two children and lives in London.


Tom Ford 2013

Tom Ford [1998]

Tom Ford left Roundwood Park in 1998 after taking 4 A-levels (Pure Maths, Mechanics, Physics, Chemistry) to study Physics at Balliol College, Oxford University. He very much appreciated the rigorous Maths teaching at Roundwood and the enthusiasm of his science teachers in preparing him for Oxford University. He was at Oxford University for 4 years, graduating with a 1st class degree and specialising in Condensed Matter physics.

Tom then moved to Cambridge University in 2002 to pursue a PhD in Chemical Physics working under Prof. Richard Friend and Dr. Neil Greenham in the Cavendish Laboratory. He studied the excited energy states in semi-conducting plastic materials, providing insight into materials which are excellent candidates for flat-screen displays and solar cells. He used a wide variety of laser and general spectroscopic techniques as well as cryogenics, electronics and programming. This work resulted in several publications in leading Physics journals.

After Cambridge, Tom returned to Oxford in 2006 to work for Sharp Electronics as a Research Scientist. At Sharp Tom worked in the Biosciences group, learning about, for the first time, the exciting world of biochemistry as well as continuing to apply his spectroscopic expertise. Later in Sharp, Tom worked on a project developing a novel healthcare sensor, which involved applying electronics, software and machine learning algorithms to a practical problem. This also led to considerable expose to the business side of the company and travel to Japan, which in turn led to him acquiring a modest business proficiency in Japanese.

After 7 years at Sharp, Tom decided it was time for a change, so left Sharp in 2012 to join We7 Ltd – an internet music company – where he is currently leading a group applying ‘big data’ technologies and data mining algorithms to the company’s data. This work, in mathematics and software engineering, aims to allow the company to provide a better service by understanding and predicting the behaviour of the company’s users.

Jordan Giddings

Jordan Giddings [1985]

Jordan is Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser at the UK Government. He gained a BA in Physics from Oxford University, did a Ph.D. in particle physics at Imperial College in London, was research fellow at UCl and has held a number of senior government department [MOD, DTI] positions during that time.

Jon Gingell

Jon Gingell [1991]

After gaining a BSc in Physics with Space Science and a Ph.D. in Chemical Astrophysics (cosmic chemistry) from UCL. Jon cofounded a company  called OpenSymmetry where he is now the Chief Technical Officer.