Before joining Buckinghamshire New University in 2007, I worked in a range of youth and community development roles and settings, specialising in managing community consultations and innovative peer education projects, with a particular focus on health promotion. Previous experience included facilitating community arts projects, developing youth justice neighbourhood engagement initiatives, enhancing youth service provision, mentoring support, area consultation, needs assessment and capacity building. I have extensive experience in community development and project management, informal learning and detached youth work and working with groups to develop services, parks and open spaces, community hubs and information networks.
As an undergraduate I studied philosophy with literature at Sussex University and later went on to complete an MA in Applied Anthropology, Youth and Community Development (with JNC professional certification) at Goldsmith’s University. I am currently undertaking a professional doctorate. My specialist area of interest is access to higher education, ethnographic and subcultural studies and my research has explored the impact of identity on learning. I am committed to the educational principle of widening participation in both my teaching and research activities.
I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
My specialist knowledge in the promotion of innovatory practices in collaborative learning and participatory project development have been commended as examples of best practice by the Home Office, the Department of Health and by regional health bodies.