Stephen Wilkins was born in Yorkshire and undertook undergraduate studies in Physics and Astronomy at University in Durham. He subsequently obtained his PhD from the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge before moving to the University of Oxford as a researcher. In 2013 he obtained a lectureship at the University of Sussex and in 2016 was promoted to senior lecturer. Since 2018 Stephen has also been a Leadership in Public Engagement Fellow specifically concentrating on the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope. His research focusses on the formation and evolution of the first galaxies to form in the Universe. This research combines both the running of computer simulations and the analysis of observations, predominantly from the Hubble Space Telescope. At the moment he is preparing for the imminent launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. In his free time he enjoys exploring the outdoors with his family, and in particular the nearby South Downs National Park.