Personal profile

Academic Background

My academic background began with teaching nursing at the Broadland School of Nursing in 1989 (this was merged into the UEA).  

My research and teaching has primarily been about learning disabilities, disabilities, health inequality, equality and diversity, mental health, inclusion, and access to health care and education for protected and disadvantaged groups and people in UK society.

I am the  organiser for the first year nursing 'Becoming a Professional' module, and was also the organiser for the 3rd year 'Cognitive Health and Wellbeing'module.


Areas of Expertise

Equality and Diversity in health care

Equality and Diversity in higher education

Health Inequalities

Professional Studies in Health Care


Key Responsibilities

Associate Dean for the Faculty of Medicine and Health (FMH) with leadership responsibility for Equality, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Module Organiser for 'Becoming a Professional' (1st year nursing module)

Professional Lead for Learning Disability Nursing


I trained as a Learning Disability registered nurse in Norfolk, and was fortunate to be one of the first Community Nurses working in both Norwich and North Norfolk. 

I became a nurse tutor and then lecturer for UEA in 1989.  I completed my PhD on 'Access to Health Care for People with Learning Disabilities: A case study of cervical screening' in 1997. A family move took me to Leicester where I worked at both the University of Leicester in the Medical School and at DeMontfort University in Health Sciences.

I spent some time as a national lead for Disablity, Mental Health and Inclusive Education at the  National Institute for Adult and Continuing Education (NIACE) now the Learning and Work institute.  I set up, and ran, the 'National Inquiry into Disabled Staff Working in Lifelong Learning' and research and published on inclusion, safeguarding, disability and mental health.

I returned to De Montfort University as the senior lead for Equality and Diversity and worked to achieve a number of national awards and charter marks.

On return to Norfolk in 2014 I worked as an associate tutor for UEA, but primarily back in the NHS in clinical education, as mental health lead in an acute hospital trust and in NHS commissioning, before returning fully to UEA in 2021.

I am:

  • the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health with responsibility for Equality, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Professional Lead for Learning Disability Nursing and
  • Module Organiser for the 1st year nursing 'Becoming a Professional'.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Education, Open University

Award Date: 1 Jul 2010

Doctor of Health Science, Anglia Ruskin University

Award Date: 30 Sep 1997

Bachelor of Literature or Bachelor of Letters