Edwin graduated from Leeds University in 1983 with a First Class Honours Degree in Materials Science. After a spell working at Rolls-Royce, he returned to Leeds University and obtained a PhD on the study of high temperature, high strain deformation of titanium alloys in 1990.
In 1988 he joined British Steel in the research function at Swinden Laboratories as a Researcher, progressing through the technical grades to the role of Principal Scientist until retirement in 2016. During this time, Edwin was a project leader, firstly with the Plates Department and then primarily with Tubes & Pipes, and he also led projects for the Speciality Steels group. Edwin also accumulated a detailed knowledge of steel products, process routes, technologies and markets, principally in the field of Tubes & Pipes, but also plates, strip and specialty steels. In particular, Edwin was the Tata Steel expert on steels for use in sour service environments and was the company representative and a project leader on the Corrosion and Materials Technical Committees of the European Pipe Research Group.
Edwin is currently a member of the Strategic Advisory Panel of the multi-million-pound Hydrogen Embrittlement of Metals (HeMS) project, led by Oxford University, which aims to position the UK at the forefront of technology in preparation for the Hydrogen Economy.