After many years as a teacher, trainer and vocational assessor, in 2004, I established a training business in East London. I managed the delivery of several significant vocational training projects.This included the recruitment and coordination of assessment and verification personnel. I managed the centre accreditation process with several awarding bodies. Managed the delivery of a pan London programme engaging with those who were NEET or at risk of becoming so. Developed and managed the delivery of two projects for young people in the creative sector; ‘Bonafide’ and ‘Creative Inclusion’. Managed SFA funded apprenticeship programmes for 16 – 24 year olds, including monitoring and evaluation.

I have extensive knowledge and experience of working with young people who are NEET in all areas of London, but particularly the east London and host Olympic boroughs. This knowledge is based on my experience of working with young people, and using research to ensure that I fully understand their needs. Through the 'Flex' brand I developed an innovative service for young people, particularly those who are NEET or at risk of becoming so. I have identified critical success factors in meeting, retaining and maximising achievement of NEET young people, which is built into the model.

I have taught, assessed and quality assured a large number of courses including NVQs, QCF Diplomas, Apprenticeships and undergraduate degrees. I have presented at conferences including University of Reading, University of Greenwich, Stanford University (California), Hacceteppe University (Turkey), Eastern Sociological Society (NewYork) and the University of Antwerp (Belgium).

I recently held a Research Fellowship from the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF).
Education
2014 University of Greenwich - PhD
1996 University of East London, MA Cultural Studies
1993 University of Greenwich, PGCE
1992 University of North London, BSc. (Hons.) Social Science
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My research interests include Enterprise, Ethnography, Grime music, Social Policy, Urban Marginality, Health & Social Care and Mental Health & Wellbeing. I have a lifelong interest in the performance geographies of black music.
Personal Interests
Running, keep fit
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