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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 Management Group 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 and 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.