Before joining Buckinghamshire New University in 2003, I had spent 30 years in human resource management and organisational change, consulting in blue chip companies. I have worked in 17 countries.
I studied and trained as a psychotherapist and chartered psychologist in the 10 years before I joined the university. I worked for five years supporting students with disabilities in their studies and commenced teaching in 2008. My specialist area of interest and research is positive psychology, and particularly how creativity develops over the lifetime and changes as we age.
I am a Chartered Psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. I am on the Editorial Board as a Review Editor for the Frontiers in Psychology academic journal.
My career highlight has been the development and delivery of the University’s MSc in Applied Positive Psychology with my colleague Dr Matthew Smith. The programme is framed around Carl Rogers’ theories of positive education and has drawn students internationally. I retired from full time academic work in 2019. Since that time, I have continued to support the programme, while supervising doctoral students, and writing for publication.