I joined Sheffield Hallam University in November 2017 as a part of the Community Justice Team. We are responsible for the delivery of the Probation Qualification degree route for those training to be probation officers.
I have been involved with probation since 2003. Before joining Sheffield Hallam, I was a trainee probation officer and spent 14 years progressing on to a number of roles and specialisms — eventually becoming a deputy director of a community rehabilitation company.
I began my journey as a trainee probation officer employed in South Yorkshire, completing the BA Hons/Diploma in Probation Studies in 2005. Completing work as a Probation Officer working with High Risk of Harm, Sexual and Violent Offenders, I then moved on to work around Yorkshire and Humberside on counterroism and the Prevent Agenda — training probation officers to understand the impact and their role.
I progressed into management and undertook a Masters in Community and Criminal Justice, which I completed in 2011. Following the Transforming Rehabilitation Agenda, I joined a privately-owned community rehabilitation company in 2014 and became a deputy director in 2016. My responsibilities included interventions, performance and the establishment of the new operating model within South Yorkshire.
I am a keen believer in my own professional development, as well as staff development. My other qualifications include:
- Preparing to Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTTLS)
- Institute in Management First Line Management (Level 3)
- Institute in Management Coaching and Mentoring (Level 5)
I am currently working towards a PgCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
Community Justice Learning Criminology