I am a specialist in career education and development, with over fifteen years experience. I currently work as a freelance research consultant as well as managing a small private career counselling practice. I am also a lecturer and researcher specialising in career development at the University of the West of Scotland.
My professional experience includes working with school pupils, adults, university students and graduates in both England and Scotland. I have also worked at strategic and management levels and for many years was the Careers Manager for the University of the Highlands and Islands.
My background working with individuals in relatively rural and remote communities has led to particular interests in the relationship of place and career development, and I completed a PhD on this topic in 2021. These interests are also personal to me: as a young person, I grew up in a relatively rural community (North Cornwall) before moving away for university, and after university subsequently made my life back in Cornwall before moving to the islands of Orkney in 2007.
Through thinking about issues of place and career development in my own experience, my practice and my academic work I have come to understand career development as something that is very much informed by our personal circumstances and situated within our wider lives and life experiences. This perspective continues to inform my ongoing research work and professional practice. You can read more about my ideas on my blog.
As a Careers Professional I am registered with the Career Development Institute (CDI), as well as being a registered professional with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Alongside professional qualifications I also hold an MSc in Research Methods and a PhD from the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS), University of Derby.
I have written and presented widely on the topics of career guidance and career development. Details of my publications are available on my university profile page.