Hugh originally studied Physics at Queens University Belfast and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. During his PhD studies he became involved in the start-up of Andor Technology. Hugh acted as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Andor Technology from its inception in 1989 and guided Andor through its successful stock market listing in December 2004. In 2000 he was awarded the Institute of Physics Paterson medal and prize for commercialization of Physics in recognition of the success of Andor. In 2003 Queens University Belfast conferred an honorary Doctorate of Science to Hugh for services to business and commerce.