Brian Foster graduated from London University in 1975 and obtained a D. Phil from Oxford in 1978. Foster led the particle physics group at the University of Bristol until 2003, subsequently returning to Oxford as head of the Dept. of Particle Physics from 2004 - 2011. In 2010 Foster was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship at the University of Hamburg and DESY, from which he retired in 2019. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and was its Vice-President in 2018. He is currently Donald H. Perkins Professor of Experimental Physics at Oxford and Fellow of Balliol College.