I have been a student, academic and practitioner of the coaching sciences for over 20 years.
I graduated with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Manchester Metropolitan University (Cheshire) in 1998, going on to receive a Postgraduate Certificate of Education and a Masters by Research from the same University. While doing so, I worked as a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science.
My current role is as Principal Lecturer and Subject Group Leader in Sport Coaching and Sport Development. I also provide strategic and operational oversight to the Undergraduate BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching and BSc (Hons) Sport Development with Coaching degrees, MSc Advanced Sport Coaching Practice, and international top-up and Foundation Degrees in Sport Coaching in Hong Kong, and Chesterfield, South Trafford and Dearne Valley Colleges.
Previously at Sheffield Hallam, I had oversight of the Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) activities in the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity. This included teaching excellence, assessment and feedback strategies, internationalising the curriculum, simulation, distance learning, course design and approval, the Research into Teaching agenda (RiT), and Technology-Enhanced learning (TEL) activities, such as the virtual learning environment, e-portfolios and digital fluency.
I am currently completing a Doctorate in Professional Studies (DProf), with a specific interest in the translation and application of sport science research into meaningful and purposeful elite sport coaching practice.
Prior to my appointment as Principal Lecturer in 2015, I worked as a Sport Scientist and Strength and Conditioning Coach with a number of different teams including England Men's Lacrosse, England Women's Rugby League and Sheffield Eagles Rugby League. I also worked with athletes from sports as diverse as Mogul Skiing, BMX, Swimming, Netball, Rugby Union, Football and Track and Field.
Between 2010 and 2015, I was Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science degree, and twice received College Student-Nominated Inspirational Teaching Awards during this time. My main areas of teaching specialism are in the scientific and medical support of elite athletes and coaches, strength and conditioning, and the management of support teams servicing high-performance and elite sports teams.
I am a founding Associate Member of the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) and have been a member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) since 1997.