Prior to joining the University of Wolverhampton in 1997, I had 18 years experience as a children and families social worker including 12 years management experience in different settings (5 years senior Local Authority manager). I have an extensive publication record, which covers these areas as well as sociology and social policy for social workers and other welfare professional groups. I have a long-standing interest in European social work and have lectured for many years in Germany and The Netherlands as well as being an international advisor to cross-national projects. I speak German and French to a high standard and have undertaken research into the experiences of social workers crossing borders. I have researched learning disability and young carers, undertaking work for local service providers, as well as children and families social work, my latest collaborative work was for the New South Wales Government. I have previously gained funding for Skills for Care work. I have delivered over 20 conference papers including being an invited and keynote speaker, both nationally and internationally.
My main current research interests are the future of social work; the nature of wellbeing in contemporary policy; and, the future of social work education practice.