I am Professor of Management Development and Associate Dean (Postgraduate) in the Management School. I am also currently Vice Chair of the British Academy of Management with responsibility for Management Knowledge and Education (MKE). I have worked at Liverpool since 2005 and have held a number of roles in that time including Director of Online Programmes, Director of the DBA and Director of the Online MBA. I gained my PhD from Leeds University in 2008 and I also hold CIPD professional qualifications. In 2008 I was appointed Lead Evaluator for the Northern Leadership Academy, a £5m regional development agency project, and was a member of the project Think Tank. I have a wide range of teaching experience covering all levels and modes and have designed and launched a number of new programmes.
My research, teaching, engagement with practice and leadership within and outside the university are all focused on the the aim of improving management practice and developing the management profession. My research focuses on how managers learn in a range of contexts, from on-campus and online management classrooms through to formal and informal learning in the workplace. I have a particular interest in action learning and I have written about it in the context of the experiences of owner-managers in SMEs and senior managers studying for a professional doctorate. I still regularly work with small businesses on leadership development projects and am currently working on a knowledge exchange project with Wood plc aimed at developing women scientists and engineers for senior mangement roles.
My research has been published in British Journal of Management, Management Learning, Human Resource Development International and my co-edited book 'A Guide to Professional Doctorates in Business and Management' was nominated for the CMI's Management Book of the Year.