Martin Ward holds the Temple Chevallier Chair of Astronomy at Durham University. He obtained his DPhil from Sussex University based on research at the Royal Greenwich Observatory, Herstmonceux Castle. He was the first graduate student to obtain his thesis observations from the then Anglo Australian Telescope. He has held Fellowships at Clare Hall, Cambridge, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, and is currently a Founding Fellow of University College, Durham. His research is on studies of active galactic nuclei, and he is a team member of JWST’s mid-infrared instrument MIRI. He is also keen on outreach activities, and gives public lectures as well as guest contributions to radio and TV science programmes.