Crawford graduated from Strathclyde University in 1978 with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Applied Physics. He spent 8 years in the Physics Lab of Pilkington Optronics (now Thales) researching novel abrasion resistant coating materials. This was followed by 15 years at Logitech Ltd, working in technical sales, dealer support and customer training for lapping and polishing techniques.
Crawford joined CST Global in 2000 helping to develop back-end wafer processing, CoS assembly, test and inspection.