Before joining Buckinghamshire New University in September 2020, I was a long-serving lecturer in Sociology and Health and Social care in FE. Prior to that I was a Social Worker and trainer in Substance Misuse and Mental Health Local Authority team, residential rehabilitation and outreach. I recently took time out of lecturing to work as a Registered Manager in an older peoples’ residential home to improve the CQC rating and complete the Practice Education Professional award with BNU.
I studied for my BSc in Sociology, MA in Applied Social Sciences, Dip SW and PGCE at Durham University and The University of Sunderland. My specialist area of research was initially youth crime on the Youth 2000 project with Research Action and the University of Teesside. I also worked on research into rough sleepers with drug and alcohol misuse problems where I was involved in qualitative research for the Rough Sleepers Initiative in Plymouth in 1999.
My specialist knowledge has led me to work with Professor Sheila Brown on the Youth 2000 project, improve quality in a residential care setting, and has allowed me to mentor and coach staff to improve practice from inadequate to Good.
My career highlight is joining the Social Work Team at BNU and being in a position to inspire and influence future Social Workers.