Kevin Booker-Milburn received his BSc Hons from Paisley College of Technology in 1985 and his Glaxo funded PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Strathclyde in 1988. After a period of postdoctoral work with Professor Phillip J. Parsons at the Universities of Southampton and Reading he obtained a Lectureship at the University of Salford in 1991. In 1994 he moved to the University of East Anglia where he was promoted to Reader in 1997. He then moved to the University of Bristol in 1999 and was promoted to Professor in 2006. He has recieved the Glaxo-Welcome award for Organic Chemistry, the AstraZeneca award for Organic Synthesis and the RSC Bader Award. Professor Booker-Milburn is currently the Director of the EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Chemical Synthesis based at Bristol.