I spent the first 10 years of my career working in the area of contracting for two of the largest and most successful privately owned construction companies in the UK (Shepherd Construction and Wates) in various supervisory and management roles. Most of my time was spent based on site.
I then moved to the client side and worked for two blue chip leisure retailers (Mitchells & Butler and Gala Coral) where I was employed primarily as a Project Manager. I completed many new build, refurbishment, conversion and maintenance projects in my time in this sector.
In 2007 I joined Sheffield Hallam University as a Senior Lecturer specialising in all aspects of Construction Project Management.
My specialist subjects are Building Technology (in particular Modern Methods of Construction (MMC)), Project Management, Facilities Management and Leadership & Management. I am very interested in practice based learning, where students gain experience by learning through participating in real life activities which fit within the framework of the curriculum. I have developed a number of innovative approaches to teaching and learning, some of which I believe are unique in the sector.
I am currently the Student Recruitment Lead for the department looking after all aspects of student recruitment.
I contribute to the teaching on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses across the department.
I am in regular contact with industry partners through my extensive network of contacts in the world of property and often arrange site visits and extra curricular activities to broaden the experience of our students
In 2016, I completed an MBA in Facilities Management here at SHU, to add to my postgraduate teaching qualification and my first degree in Construction.
Specialist areas of interest
Management Theory and Practice – motivation and human behaviour are areas I find most fascinating.
Facilities Management – specialist knowledge of maintenance management.
Building Technology – particular interest in modern techniques and off site manufacturing.
Collaborative working – teamworking and learning through doing.
Workplace/workspace/learning environments - how people interact with their environment and the ways in which the environment influences behaviour.