Prof. Townend was born in York and educated in Cumbria, UK. His undergraduate training was at the University of Birmingham where he included an intercalated BSc in Physiology. His post graduate training was in Birmingham and St George’s Hospital London, UK. He undertook research with Professor Littler at the University of Birmingham leading to the degree of MD in 1994. He was appointed Lecturer at the University Department of Cardiology in 1994 and then British Heart Foundation Senior Lecturer 1997-2002. He was appointed as a Consultant Cardiologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in 2002. He was elected FRCP and FESC in 2002. Prof. Townend was Clinical Service Lead for Cardiology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham from 2011-2015. He was secretary of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society between 2000 and 2003 and a member of the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Project Grant Committee between 2002 and 2005. Alongside a career in interventional cardiology, Prof. Townend maintains an active research programmer. He has published in a variety of fields including cardiac autonomic control, coronary artery disease including acute myocardial infarction, interventional cardiology, and latterly cardiovascular disease in chronic kidney disease. He was the associate Director for Research & Development at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust 2013-2017. He was a member of the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS) Clinical Standards Group between 2012-2016. He was the BCIS/Royal College of Physicians Regional Network Advisor from 2016-2020.