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I studied social work as an undergraduate at Hertfordshire in 1992. After qualifying, I worked for 16 years in mental health services, including in Community Mental Health teams, a mental health rehabilitation team and Forensic Mental Health services in west London. During my time in forensic services i worked as an assistant team manager to the Social Work teams.

I studied a Masters in Social Policy and Administration at Brunel in 1999, specialising in comparative Social Policy.

I completed Approved Social Work training (ASW) in 2002 and practised as an ASW and latterly as an AMHP in a West London borough for a number of years. In 2002 I was award a Post graduate award in Social work and a Practice Teaching award in 2004.  I have also completed Best interests assessor (BIA) training under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and worked as a best interests assessor.

At Royal Holloway University of London I am the Programme Director for the MSc in Social Work. I teach on this programme as well as the PG Diploma in Social Work and the MSc in Adavnced Practice. My of teaching covers social policy, mental health, law, social work supervision, anti-oppressive practice and interprofessional working.

My research interests include the mental health social work and criminal justice systems, social work practice and mental capacity, Deprivation of Liberty and dementia.

My PhD focus is the Mental Capacity Act and professional decision making.

I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • mental capacity
  • dementia
  • mental health law
  • multi-disciplinary work
  • ethnicity
  • Deprivation of liberty
  • decision making
  • mental health
  • diversity