I work (since 2007) as a learning and development professional at the University of Exeter. I am passionate about helping people develop professionally and personally and have enjoyed working at a national level running conferences, as a member of the national Staff Development Forum Executive and chairing our Regional Staff Development Group (2007-2010). I have successfully won and delivered two Leadership Foundation for Higher Education projects and have given numerous papers at a wide range of national conferences.
In 2014 I was awarded Fellowship of the national Staff Development Forum and am Management Charter Institute (MCI) qualified in Level 5 Management, a Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management, a qualified Events Steward (City & Guilds) and Affiliate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. I am also a qualified NVQ and VRQ Assessor, Internal Verifier, Mentor and Tutor (Levels 4 and 5, OCR examination boards) and BP Team Development Tutor.
Outside of the University I am co-founder and active member of a not-for-profit organisation that delivers environment and conservation training to people of all ages and backgrounds from across Europe. We work with a wide range of learners including disadvantaged groups (those not in education, employment or training, those with special learning needs), volunteers, graduates and undergraduates.
I have been an entomologist for over 40 years with experience in research (biomechanics, taxonomy and more recently biodiversity), University teaching (entomology, freshwater ecology), fieldwork (sampling, surveying, trapping, ID) and wider education (Lecturer, Tutor and INSET Teacher-Trainer). A Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, in 1992 I founded the organisation that has evolved into the Bug Club, encouraging and supporting an interest in invertebrates for children and families.