A career in local government as a senior manager of two departmental offices and their staff, as well as dealing with a diverse range of stakeholders including local and national companies, was followed by a switch to running my own educational services company. Later, I moved onto an educational management position in a business school where I designed course materials and taught both business subjects and academic skills which I have now been doing for many years both in the UK and abroad.
My main interests are reading, particularly history, gardening and walking.
I have a PhD from the University of Northampton in Destination Branding and Marketing. In my dissertation, I explored the role of stakeholders in brand management in post-conflict destinations. I also hold a first-class Business Information Systems degree (BSc (Hons)) and a Master’s degree (MSc) in International Marketing from the University of East London.
I have worked as Conference Director at the Centre for Innovations in Business and Management Practice and contributed to the marketing programmes at the University of Northampton and Bloomsbury Institute.
I am a member of Bloomsbury Institute’s Centre for Research & Enterprise, where I work as a Research Development Plans Coordinator.
I am interested in areas of post-conflict destination brands, politics and stakeholders. Although my PhD research was focused on case studies in Sri Lanka, my academic and reserch interests are applicable far beyond one destination.
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I regard education as a catalyst for social justice, hence as a Senior Lecturer in Law and Business at Bloomsbury Institute, I prioritise student experience. I am the module leader for ‘Introduction to Law’ ‘Organisations: Leadership and Management’.
Following legal studies, I trained as an accredited civil commercial mediator. I have supported various pro bono initiatives, working with Vocalise, the Bar Pro Bono Unit (Advocate) and as trustee for a legal advice charity.
Business Development within the the justice and business sectors has been my consultancy remit. Examples include Solution Leadership for Carillion plc’s Transforming Rehabilitation bid and mentorship training for a CSR Employability project (2014). I have also advised the UNODC and Commonwealth Secretariat on Alternative Sentencing (2009).
My leadership experience is largely derived from a justice sector career, including civil service secondments to the Home Office and Ministry of Justice and 12 years within the probation service.
I am currently exploring the impact of regulation and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategies on the financial sectors; focusing on asset management and investment. A contract-intelligence internship at an AI start-up (2018) increased my interest in understanding how technology is increasing efficiency and transforming practice across industries. Consequently, I am seeking opportunities to gain exposure to how FinTech and RegTech can be used to improve compliance and performance within the financial sectors.
Other interests include Arabic language, badminton, nature walks and producing hearty vegan meals.
FHEA, LLM QLD, MA, BA (Hons)