Educated at Mary's School, Calne, Wilts.
Studied Zoology at the University of Sheffield between 1968-1971 then Pharmacology at the University of London (Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine) between 1972-1974.
Joined Imperial College London in 1997.
1997-2003: Professor of Pharmacology, Head, Department of Neuroendocrinology, Deputy Head, Division of Neuroscience and Psychological Medicine: Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London.
2000-2003: College Dean for Non-Clinical Medicine: Imperial College London.
2003-2007: Head, Division of Neuroscience and Mental Health and Professor of Pharmacology: Imperial College London.
2007-2010: Pro-Rector (Education) and Head of the College Centre for Integrative Mammalian Physiology and Pharmacology, Imperial College London.
Studied at the London Business School (Accelerated Development Programme) in 2008/9.
2010 to 2012: Pro-Rector (Education and Academic Affairs) and Head of the College Centre for Integrative Mammalian Physiology and Pharmacology, Imperial College London.
Appointed Brunel University’s first female Vice-Chancellor in 2012.