I studied chemistry at university followed by a PGCE in Science. I then taught chemistry and health education at secondary schools for 13 years, first in Wales, then with VSO in a rural school in Kilifi District Kenya, and finally as an assistant principal in an international school in Mombasa. Following this I was employed by IAVI (International AIDS Vaccine Initiative) to set up a schools HIV programme to accompany vaccine feasibility trials. During this time I graduated with MAEIDHP (Master of Arts in Education, International Development and Health Promotion) at the London Institute of Education. With the KEMRI Kilifi HIV vaccine project, I managed three clinics providing HIV testing and treatment services along side of research studies. Since 2008 I have been running the KEMRI-Kilifi Schools Engagement Programme with the broad aims of promoting science and improved awareness of biomedical research amongst community members in Kilifi district. We are currently working on post-intervention data collection which involves a student survey, and FGDs with students, parents, teachers and the district education office.