Building on my career within sport I then moved into business, focussing on leadership, coaching and high-performance cultures, firstly as Deputy Dean (strategy, recruitment and innovation), and now Vice-dean for the Business school, where I also developed the higher apprenticeship Coaching professional programme.
I embarked on my journey in higher education and sports with a Bachelor's degree in Sport Studies from Northumbria University. Following this, I gained valuable experience in the fitness and sports industries across the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.
My commitment to education led me to pursue a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Nottingham Trent University, where I honed my teaching skills. Subsequently, I joined the academic team at University College Birmingham as a Lecturer, specialising in the BTEC Sport programmes. Over time, I progressed to assume leadership roles within the higher education sports portfolio, initially as an Assistant Dean and later as the Acting Dean of Sport.
In parallel with my teaching responsibilities, I devoted myself to developing my coaching career within performance sport, focusing primarily on Rugby Union. It was a distinct privilege to serve as assistant coach for England U20 women, and I earned my Level 4 coaching qualification shortly after this. Eager to enhance my expertise, I pursued a Master of Science in Coaching from Loughborough University and, more recently, completed an Executive MBA at Aston Business School.
My professional journey took an exciting turn in late 2019 as I transitioned into the business sector, where I concentrated on leadership, coaching, and cultivating high-performance cultures. I began this new chapter as the Deputy Dean responsible for strategy, recruitment, and innovation. Today, I am honoured to serve as the Vice-Dean of the Business School, overseeing various aspects of our academic and professional endeavours. Within this role, I also took the initiative to develop the higher apprenticeship Coaching Professional program.
My career has been a dynamic blend of academic and practical experiences, each building upon the other to shape my expertise in leadership, coaching, and high-performance environments.
- Business coaching
- High performance cultures
- Organisational cultures
Research interests and scholarly activity
- Coaching behaviour
- Group cohesion/dynamics
- High performance cultures/leadership
- independent governor at FE/HE institute.
- European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) member and project lead - spotlight series(cpd focus)
- External examiner and chief external examiner - various institutes
- Office for Students - lead assessor (B3 conditions)