I was born in London in the late 1970s and educated at a grant maintained school on the Essex/London border. I took up the organ scholarship at Robinson College, Cambridge and read for an undergraduate degree in Music. After graduating, I worked as a professional musician. The precarious nature of this work contributed to me being seduced into independent education sector, where I led two departments over the course of a decade. Beyond my musical expertise, I enjoyed developing individuals and organisations—something I pursued through study for a MEd degree. A period of serious ill-health led to a re-evaluation of my working life in 2010. Fully restored, I studied for and gained an MBA—enjoying a number of ‘business’ interests and establishing my own consultancy business—prior to taking up doctoral study.
My (re)turn to academia brings with it a set of professional skills which are defined by ambition, high-performance, and an unerring commitment to self-development which delivers positive social benefit.