Nicholas Turner obtained my DPhil in 1985 with Professor Sir Jack Baldwin and from 1985-1987 was a Royal Society Junior Research Fellow, spending time at Harvard University with Professor George Whitesides. He was appointed lecturer in 1987 at Exeter University and moved to Edinburgh in 1995, initially as a Reader and subsequently Professor in 1998. In October 2004 he moved to Manchester University as Professor of Chemical Biology and Director of CoEBio3. He co-founded Ingenza Ltd, a spin-out from The University of Edinburgh and he is co-director of SYNBIOCHEM. He has co-ordinated large consortia projects including sLoLa, CHEM21 and BIOOX. Recently, he was awarded the ACS Catalysis Lectureship (2018) and the RSC Organic Stereochemistry Award (2017). He has over 30 years of expertise in the use of enzymes as biocatalysts for organic synthesis and has been at the forefront of work internationally on the directed evolution of enzymes as applied biocatalysts.