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 counter terrorism 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.
Leading on the delivery of professional criminal justice education in Probation and Policing. Responsible for the delivery of the Probation Qualification degree route for those training to be probation officers, and the Police Constable Entry Routes in collaboration with His Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) and South Yorkshire Police. Translating my applied knowledge from Strategic Management within Criminal Justice, most recently prior to joining the University as a deputy director of a community rehabilitation company. As well as the strategic management and leadership of the area, I continue to teach focusing on areas linked to Leadership, Reform, Innovation and Change in Criminal Justice.
I am a keen believer in my own professional development, as well as staff development. My other qualifications include:
• Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTTLS)
• Institute in Management First Line Management (Level 3)
• Institute in Management Coaching and Mentoring (Level 5)
• PgCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Level 7)
I have recently completed my Executive MBA focusing on the concept of authentic leadership and am now completing my Doctorate in Business Administration focusing on Authentic Leadership in Policing.