My career history

My first degree is in Teaching and Geography, and I had a short time as a primary school teacher before I began working in the peace movement, to now when I am a Professor of Peace Studies.

  2012-present        Leeds Beckett University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Professor of Peace Studies, July 2020 – present. Including School Research Ethics Coordinator 202-23

Reader in Peace Studies. September 2017- 2020

Director of the Centre for Applied Social Research. November 2017- 2019, 2024- present

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Peace Studies. March 2012 – September 2017 including Course Leader

My 20 years in practice demonstrates experience in senior management, impact, funding and strategic development.

September 2011 – January 2013 Community Foundation for Calderdale and Leeds Community Foundation.

Localgiving Coordinator/Online Fundraising

Managing a new program funded through Social Action Fund to recruit and train the voluntary sector in online fundraising in Calderdale and Leeds.

Founder and Senior Partner, Transforming Matters

October 2009 – January 2013

Founder and senior partner in Transforming Matters, an international consultancy formed to support organisations to learn and improve how they design, implement, learn from and evaluate their activities that aim to transform conflict, communities and lives.

Area Manager, 2011 Census, Office of National Statistics

August 2010 June 2011

The most senior field staff member for Calderdale and South Bradford.

Operations Director, amazonails

April 2009-September 2010

I provided interim management to a start-up social enterprise which did sustainble house.

Freelance Management and Fundraising Consultant

2007- 2010

Fundraising advice and support, business coaching, including financial management and leadership skills.

International Fundraising Director, Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP)

2005 – 2007

As an international senior manager I helped design and deliver the strategic vision for the growth of civilian peacekeeping projects worldwide.

European Coordinator, Nonviolent Peaceforce


In this senior management role I established the first European office in Brussels and network of organisations across Europe and supported the Sri Lanka office with finance and operations.

Development Worker for CND (Manchester and Yorkshire)


I ran and managed regional offices including administration, fundraising, press and communication work, strategic planning and campaigning projects on nuclear disarmament.

Freelance Campaigner and Consultant


International role setting up a peace education service, running anti-nuclear campaigns, delivering humanitarian aid, supporting women’s peace activities in Lithuania and Croatia, and training with youth and women’s groups.