I joined the University of Warwick in January 2010, and lead the MA in Educational Leadership (Teach First). Prior to this, I worked for five years at the University of Leicester in the School of Education, and for 15 years before that, I worked as a British Council project manager, Ministry of Education advisor, and Higher Education lecturer in Thailand, Turkey, China, Hungary, Oman and the United Arab Emirates. Not surprisingly, I am particularly interested in cross-cultural understandings of educational leadership, and was fortunate enough to lead two partnerships with Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia under the auspices of the British Degrees in Russia (BRIDGE) programme.
I am an elected Council member of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS). This is the foremost professional association for Educational Leadership in the UK and I would urge anyone with an interest in Educational Leadership to join - membership is free for the first year and gives access to two excellent journals, namely, Educational Leadership and Management (EMAL) and Management in Education.
My publications to date include articles on Higher Education leadership, cross-cultural collaboration, and the dynamics of insider-research. In 2010, I co-authored a Routledge book on Human Resource Management in Education and this remains the subject about which I am most passionate. Currently, I am writing up joint research into industrial relations in both the HE sector and Academy schools.
I have supervised seven doctoral students to completion (six EdDs and one PhD). Five of them conducted their research overseas (in Barbados, Kenya, Malaysia and Oman). I have also worked with school business managers and middle leaders in the independent sector.
I am currently the External Examiner for the EdDs run by the University of Birmingham and the British University in Dubai. Prior to these appointments, I was the External Examiner for the EdD run by the University of Lincoln, and for the MSc Management and Leadership in Education run by the University of Strathclyde.
I believe a teacher's primary role is to ask challenging questions, rather than provide comprehensive answers, and I am particularly interested in helping learners deepen their understanding of what constitutes rigorous research. I also appreciate how hard it can be to juggle part-time study with other professional and personal commitments, having myself completed two MAs and a doctorate whilst holding down a demanding full-time job and raising three children.