Parent of Jamie (born 1970) with classic autism. Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy and related subjects at University of Sunderland 1966-96. Honorary Secretary of Tyne and Wear Autistic Society (Now North East Autism Society) 1975-88; Former Honorary Vice President of National Autistic Society. Founding Chairman (1989) of ESPA (Education and Services for People with Autism) providing residential and day services for over 200 adolescents and adults with ASCs in North East England. UK representative and Honorary Secretary of Autism-Europe 1990-2000. Member of Council and Executive Committee of National Autistic Society 1980-2000. Executive Member and Former President of World Autism Organisation (2010-2014). Founder of Autism Research Unit (now ESPA-Research) in 1982. Appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), by the Queen, in 1999.
Research Interests and publications involve studies on biological mechanisms which underlie the symptoms of autism spectrum conditions and interventions which can alleviate these symptoms. Current investigations are concerned with possible environmental triggers; involvement of vitamin D metabolites; development of transdermal routes for naltrexone and ways to enhance the dignity and quality of life for people with ASCs.