I have worked for many years within Children’s Services before a career switch to care for the elderly.
Initially an Early Years Practitioner, I was involved in the development of the inaugural Sure Start initiative within a London local authority. Specialising in developing Service User involvement and Multi-disciplinary practice, I went on to work as a senior member of staff in established Children’s Centres managing multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams.
I was also a founding member of an anti-bullying project which supported both perpetrators of bullying and those targeted by bullies. The project took a holistic approach – offering support to parents, teachers, and peers of those involved in bullying, as well as the individuals themselves. I began academic study as a mature student and graduated from The Open University in 2009 with a BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care.
Voluntary work in the elder care sector and completion of my MA Social Research Methodology at Goldsmiths, University of London, developed an interest in the social aspects of living with long term health conditions.
Immediately prior to joining the university, I had worked in the charity sector, latterly delivering education regarding the social care of people living with Parkinson’s disease.
I joined Canterbury Christ Church in the Spring of 2015.
Teaching and subject expertise
I am a Senior Lecturer on a variety of programmes within the Centre. Specialising in academic development, understanding evidence in practice and information literacy.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.