He also has an underactive thyroid, juvenile arthritis, and sleep apnoea, and although he is able to walk short distances, he often needs an electric wheelchair.
These impediments mean Ollie can only attend his North Cambridge Academy three times a week for three hours at a time.
Whilst working for AEA Technology plc, Debbie progressed to senior management positions, including as Technical Director for the National Environmental Technology Centre and Operations Director of a key business unit within the company, providing services to clients on safety, environment and business risk management.
Building on her experience of working at the interface between business, academia and government, Debbie joined the Technology Strategy Board in 2010 as Head of Knowledge Exchange, with responsibility for the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Programme (KTP) and the Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTNs).
Be inspired by the many beautiful museums and art galleries.
Admire the beautiful architecture and majestic college buildings.
Debbie graduated in physics from Durham University, followed by a DPhil from Oxford University Materials Department funded through a CASE Award with ICI Corporate Laboratory, in Runcorn, studying the factors affecting the adhesion of surface coatings in industrial applications.
She followed her studies by working for a period in the corporate research laboratories of Metal Box Ltd, but subsequently has spent the largest part of her career to date working in the public and private sector on energy and environmental technology analysis, advising UK and European government on technology research investment, policy development, analysis and implementation.
They were previously third last year when the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) pipped them.In September 2013, Debbie moved to her current role as the Technology Strategy Board's Head of Research Engagement.From 2006-2010 Debbie was a visiting Industrial Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford.He also has two two-hour homeschool sessions a week.But despite the ups and downs, a constant source of positivity and support has been EACH.