After graduating from the University in July 1969 with a B.Tech(Hons) in Industrial Chemistry, Doug went on to gain a PhD publishing several papers related to liquid crystal chemistry. This was followed by a PGCE. He started teaching Science at Trinity School, Carlisle, and from there to Ilkley Grammar School where he was Head of Chemistry and subsequently moved on to be Head of Science and Assistant Head at St Aidan’s Church of England High School and Science College, Harrogate. During this time he was recognised as a CChem. FRSC.
During the early days in schools he worked with the Association for Science Education (ASE) on various committees and collated and published work for them. He also worked over the years with several publishers, writing and co-writing a total of 16 chemistry textbooks aimed at Key Stage Three, GCSE, IGCSE and Advanced level. He also produced several educational science DVDs. He still enjoys writing and recently was involved in co-producing a chemistry text for the Caribbean. Some of these many texts have had translations for international markets. In addition to writing he has been involved in reviewing and correcting manuscript for many projects associated with other publications.
Having recently retired from teaching he now runs, with his wife Barbara, Study Rovers ‘Life Long’ Community Learning Centre at Featherstone Rovers Rugby League Football Club (RLFC). Featherstone is a very underprivileged ex-mining community and the centre runs programmes for youngsters from the early years, through to teenagers young offenders, excluded students, Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEETs) right up to old aged Pensioners the oldest being 87 years old.