Simon CromptonI was born in Manchester and brought up in Oxford. I studied English at Bristol University, then journalism at City University, and then my first job was on Disability Now, published by Scope.

That set the course for my interest in health, society and social justice. I worked as a journalist and editor on many magazines for health professionals – Therapy Weekly, Health Service Journal, Nursing Times, Professional Social Work – until I moved towards consumer journalism, and began a long-term relationship with The Times. My medical writing has led to a deep interest in science and science writing.

I'm learning every day: about people, what makes them tick, and how decisions, policy and knowledge affect their lives. That's why my work with organisations representing different people's interest has always been intrinsic to everything I do.

I live in Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, with my wife Mirella, and two daughters.