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Who I am

An independent research and evaluation consultant with over 21 years of experience in the development, management and evaluation of educational projects and programmes  


I began my career as a lecturer in modern economic and social history, before taking on the role of co-ordinating a 3.4 million pound regional outreach programme, and then becoming Project Manager for Aimhigher East Midlands.  As project manager I developed and oversaw two large multi-institutional research projects aimed at addressing the challenges to educational progression faced by those from backgrounds under-represented in higher education.  I was subsequently appointed Manager for Aimhigher in the East Midlands, where I was responsible for income generation and overseeing a range of widening participation initiatives, including a regional research and evaluation service.  More recently, I held the post of manager for a university student outreach and recruitment team, leading on research, data analysis and monitoring and evaluation, and overseeing the scoping and development of a number of new projects

In addition to these roles, I have been a university tutor in postgraduate research methods, and a leadership and management coach supporting the professional development of a number of educational practitioners.  I am also a referee for two research journals and joint editor of a recently published collection of papers that address issues associated with educational access and progression.


Academic (social sciences)

BA (Hons) University of Kent, Canterbury

PhD University of Leicester


Diploma in Management, University of Leicester

PGC in Higher Education, University of Derby

MBA (Distinction), University of Leicester

PGC Coaching, Institute of Leadership and Management

Professional membership

Visiting Lecturer, School of Education, University of Bristol

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Executive Member, Forum for Access and Continuing Education

Honorary Visiting Fellow, Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester