I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 1991 with a BA (Hons) Recreation Management,and have over 25 years experience of working in the context of sport and education.
Initially I worked in Sports Development for numerous District and Borough Councils developing sport. I eventually moved to Kent County Council in 1999 as the School Sport Manager focusing on school sport and PE, one of my key tasks was implementing the TOPS programme - PE training for primary teachers across Kent.
In 2003 I started work for the Youth Sport Trust (YST). I supported 39 Local Authorities to implement the Governments National PE & School Sport strategy, and offer high quality teacher training for both Primary and Secondary teachers in PE & Sport. In 2008 I was promoted to Head of Education Development responsible for the management of the Professional Development Contract as part of the DfE PE and School Sport Strategy working with the Association for PE and Sports Coach UK.
In 2010 I became the Head of Coaching and Volunteering for YST managing a remote team across the country. I was accountable for the £2.8million exchequer grant from Sport England for coaching and volunteering. One of my highlights of this role was recruiting 583 young volunteers from schools across the country, training and deploying them to successfully deliver the Sainsburys 2012 School Games at the Olympic Park in May 2012.
From 2013 I worked part time as a School Games Organiser for Thanet organising sports competitions for all schools, before coming to Canterbury Christ Church University in September 2016. I come to the University with a huge amount of sector experience and knowledge, and a vast network to call upon.
In 2019 I completred my Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), and awarded the HEA Fellowship.