Barry Hill

Posted on Thursday 1st August 2013

Director, Micro Research Limited
PhD Chemistry (1983)

After several years working for software houses, I moved in to particle counter development and application in 1989. Then in 2000 I founded Facility Monitoring Systems Ltd (FMS), with three others, to offer cleanroom monitoring services to a wide range of industries. FMS was sold in 2008 and since then I have operated as a freelance software/electronics development consultant. I also run a small holding with my wife.

What is the best thing about what you are doing now?
I have the relative freedom to organise my life as I want and to choose projects that interest me.

How has your PhD helped you in your Career?
My PhD taught me how to learn, and gave me the basic skills and knowledge to do what I do today.

What advice would you give to current PhD students?
Your PhD is your first job. It is unlikely to dictate where you end up.
Learn how to read a balance sheet and write a business plan.
Learn how to act.