After graduating I was employed as an actor, writer, and director by a Stirling-based arts and entertainments company. Other work during this period included stints as an actor/stage manager at the MacRobert Arts Centre.
After moving to the United States I employed first as a journalist by a local newspaper and later as a part-time adjunct lecturer at the University of Montana, teaching journalism, writing, public speaking, and a range of drama-based courses. Later, as a full-time member of staff I combined lecturing responsibilities with managing the University's on-campus theatre which hosted professional and amateur productions, events, and entertainments. I also was co-director of a free-lance events and entertainment company specialising in the production of tourism-focussed activities and entertainments.
On returning to the UK and before joining UCB I was employed by East Dunbartonshire district council as an Events Co-ordinator, responsible for the planning and delivery of a range of cultural, heritage-based, and tourism-centred events and entertainments.
My teaching experience at UCB includes:
Level 0 modules: Preparing for Academic Success 1 and 2
Level 4 modules: Events Industry in Context, The Events Industry, Event Design
Level 5 modules: Managing Entertainments Resources, Live Concept Management, Event Planning, Project Management for Events, Live Event Project, Event Operations.
Level 6 modules: Innovation in Events, Innovation in Hospitality, Winning Events Contracts, Ethics In Entertainment, Innovation In Entertainment, Research Project.
Research Interests and Scholarly activity
I am currently studying for a postgraduate degree in Tourism Destination Management.
As module leader and lecturer in various modules which require students to produce live, off-campus events I maintain good relationships with event and entertainment practitioners, venue managers, EMCs and a range of industry specialists.