In 1992, he gained a PhD degree from Griffith University, Brisbane, under the supervision of Professor Colin L. Raston for work on Group 13 metal hydrides.
Between 1992-1994, he moved to a postdoctoral fellowship at Sussex University under the supervision of Professor John F. Nixon FRS.
From 1994 he held a lectureship at The University of Wales, Swansea before moving to a Readership in Inorganic Chemistry at Cardiff University (1998) where he was promoted to a Personal Chair in Inorganic Chemistry in 2002. At Cardiff he founded (2004) and co-directed The Centre for Fundamental and Applied Main Group Chemistry.
In 2007, he moved to Monash University, Melbourne, as an ARC Australian Professorial Fellow and Professor of Chemistry. He is currently Professor of Chemistry at Monash University.