As Deputy Head of Department of the Natural & Built Environment I am responsible for leadership and management of academic development across a large and diverse Department which includes Geography, GIS, Environment, Planning, Architecture, Construction, Surveying and Real Estate subject areas. The Department delivers undergraduate and postgraduate courses, significant work-based bespoke courses for the construction industry, and Degree Apprenticeships. Courses are taught in partnership with Higher Education Institutions across the world, and particularly in China and Malaysia.
I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2006 as a senior lecturer. Soon after I was appointed as principal lecturer to lead the Housing and Sustainable Communities academic staff group before becoming the Departmental UK Business Lead in 2013.
Prior to moving into academia, I spent the first part of my career working in local government in a variety of leadership roles including housing management, housing development, regeneration, community development, policy formulation and strategic planning.
Much of this work was conducted in a partnership setting involving private developers, housing associations, statutory service providers, the voluntary sector and local community representatives. I spent a year working in the voluntary sector in Sheffield before moving onto consultancy work where I conducted organisational reviews, in house training and impact assessments with a specific focus on equality and diversity.
As departmental lead for UK business development I worked with employers and professional bodies and with colleagues in the University to develop a strong business to business portfolio and apprenticeship programme.
I am particularly interested in activities within and outside of courses which enhance student employability.
Department of the Natural and Built Environment
Social Sciences and Humanities
I teach on our BA Human Geography and BSc Geography courses and postgraduate programmes. My main interests are housing, urban inequality, community leadership and engagement in regeneration, multidisciplinary working, organisational strategy and change management.
Currently module leader for
• Level 6 - Sustainable Regeneration Practice
• Level 7 - Professional Project
I am a member of the
• Chartered Institute of Housing's Professional Housing Education Group,
• National Construction Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Trailblazer
• Council of the Heads of Built Environment (CHOBE)
In 2017/18 I became a Learning Enhancement and Academic Development (LEAD) associate at SHU; co-designing with students and piloting a peer led placement support scheme for geography and environment undergraduates.