Dr Minor joined NIBSC as Deputy Director in 1979 and recently retired in July 2017. He trained in Biochemistry at Oxford and received a Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of London in 1974. After a post-doctoral position on influenza at the University of Warwick he joined NIBSC and from 1979-1985 he worked on polio vaccines. Since 1985 he has been Head of the Division of Virology with a very wide remit covering all aspects of virology related to biological medicines including vaccines, and the detection of viral contamination such as hepatitis viruses in blood. He has served on a number of key UK advisory committees, including the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens and a number of its subcommittees and was an elected member of the council for the Society of General Microbiology for several years. He has close links with the World Health Organisation and is a member of a number of ad hoc technical advisory committees and the Expert Committee on Biological Standardisation.