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I have had an avid interest in education since studying and gaining Qualified Teacher Status in 1987. An eighteen-year career in primary and early years education enabled me to experience a variety of positions from school lead for core curriculum areas, as a Senior Manager and as a designated Lead Teacher for the Local Authority. After completing my Master's Degree in 2002, I became a school mentor for Initial Teacher Training and in 2005 I joined Kingston University as a full time member of staff in order to develop a suite of courses specifically around Work-Based Learning in educational contexts.
As a member of the School's Senior Leadership Team and Associate Professor with specific research interests in early years, safeguarding and child protection and interprofessional practice, I was appointed as the Director of Learning and Teaching and achieved Senior Fellowship of the HEA in 2015. I gained my professional Doctorate in 2019 and my thesis was an opportunity to study teachers' experiences of safeguarding and child protection in the context of early years education. In 2021 I was appointed as the School's Portfolio and Innovation Development Lead. I am fortunate to be able to utilise my experience of learning and teaching in different contexts, to lead new projects in curriculum design and development.