Before joining the team at MMU I had the pleasure of working with children, young people and adults in a variety of settings over 30 years, since starting part-time work as a youth worker in girls groups whilst studying for my BA (Hons) in Communication Studies.
I have worked in organisations across the voluntary and statutory sector, for example in health, children's social care, the youth service, hostels, advice and information projects, mental health, sexual health, education and early intervention.
During that time I have worked with some inspirational colleagues and young people and gained experience, knowledge and expertise in working around issues of sexual health, SRE - Sex and Relationships Education (in formal education and informal settings), LGBT issues including parenting and LGBT families, mental health, homelessness, disability rights, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and being a child/young
person in care. I am particularly interested in how issues around power, inequality and diversity impact upon children and young people.
I am a qualified counsellor and holistic therapeutic massage practitioner.
I have always enjoyed learning in both formal and informal settings and I hope that I can contribute to students' experiences at MMU in the hope of inspiring and enabling students to find a way of living fulfilling lives.
I like to use small group work techniques to create supportive and nurturing environments for learning.
Fellow - HEA - Higher Education Academy
MA Higher Education (Distinction) MMU 2017
Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Distinction)
Diploma in Life Development Counselling – College of
Holistic Medicine 1998
Diploma in Therapeutic Massage – College of Holistic
BA (Hons) Communication Studies – Coventry (Lanchester)
42nd Street - Mentall Health Practitioner - Body Image and Self-Esteem Project (part-time) 2015
Stockport MBC - Sex and Relationships Education (Looked After Children) Project Officer - 2003-2015
Bolton and Wigan Community Health Care Trust - Health Promotion Specialist - Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Health - 1997-2000
1983 - 1997 - Youth and Community Worker in a range of settings and roles including The Hollies Women's Direct Access Homeless Hostel; Armley Young Disabled People's Centre, Leeds; Area Young Women's Worker, Leeds; Belgrave Adventure Playground Leicester; Fosse End Youth Centre, Leicester; Coventry Young Homeless Project.
1985-1987 - Director Cutting Edge Video Cooperative
I have a qualification (Level 1) in British Sign Language (BSL)