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I am an experienced senior manager and trainer, having previously worked in the NHS, the third sector and as an independent training and development consultant prior to moving into higher education. I completed my PhD in management learning at the University of Lancaster in August 2010.  My thesis was on the development and practice of action learning in the NHS. I am currently co-editor of the journal Action Learning: Research and Practice. Since July 2021, I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

Current research is focused on employee volunteering in the NHS.


My expertise lies in action learning, a method for individual and organisational development. I am co-editor of the journal Action Learning: Research and Practice and chair its conference committee.  I am interested in how people can learn from and with each other in the workplace. I am currently researching into employee volunteering, learning and work.

Teaching Responsibilities

I am module co-ordinator for, and teach on the following: Research Skills for the HR Professional, Human Resource Development and two Work Based Learning Degree Apprenticeship modules. 

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Management Learning, Lancaster University


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