I am an Education & Outreach Consultant (est. 2008) and undertake a wide variety of work for clients in the commercial, education and charity sectors. I have experience across all educational levels, from Early Years through to Higher Education. My work covers three main areas, Education Consultancy, CPD Delivery and Outdoor Learning, but I often branch out into other diverse and exciting projects.
My doctorate is in Biology from the University of York (2007), where I also studied for my BSc Hons in Molecular Biology (2003). I spent time working in industry with Syngenta and at the University of Cambridge with my industry sponsors. During my degree and PhD, I discovered my passion for education and outreach. In 2007, I joined the Yorkshire Arboretum to lead their new education and outreach programme, working with over 20,000 students over five years and delivering CPD courses and INSET for teachers in outdoor learning. In 2008, I established my freelance consultancy services part-time with my first project for the Woodland Trust working on their Nature Detectives resources. I worked at the Association for Science Education from 2010-2014, first as their Field Officer for Yorkshire and then as Field Officer for The North. In 2012, I left the Arboretum to go to STEM Learning Ltd at the National STEM Learning Centre where I managed the HEaTED programme until 2017 when I took the step to take my growing portfolio of consultancy work full-time. I am currently the Learning Rooms and STEM Consultant for Gratnells alongside independent consultancy work for a wide variety of clients, schools and charities. I enjoy the challenge and variety my work brings, it provides a great opportunity to continually develop my skills and interests while sharing my knowledge and experience with others.
I am a Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach), an accredited STEM Learning CPD Quality Mark Lead Facilitator, registered STEM Ambassador, Futures member of the Association for Science Education and member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning. I am a passionate communicator and confident public speaker and enjoy working in a range of environments, from classroom to laboratory, conference centre to woodland, school grounds to community libraries and everywhere in between.