Work

Teaching

Contract Instructor

  • Organizational Development (Masters of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership), Carleton University, Ottawa.

Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • Research Skills and Methods (Undergraduate), University of Birmingham, UK.
  • Introduction to Social Research (Masters), University of Birmingham, UK.

Researcher, Consultant (2013 – present)

Research Assistant, Middlesex University (2012 – 2014)

The role of mutuals in public service innovation

There is growing interest in the role of social enterprise and mutual spin outs from the public sector, where staff leave the public sector to set up their own staff and user owned organisation. By looking at ‘mutual spin outs’ this two year project was able to see how innovation occurs and what effect there is on services and staff. Encouraging mutuals is a key feature of the Government’s public service reform agenda, although little is known about the potential new services and ways of doing things that may emerge. Research focused on the health and social care sector and compared recently set up spin-outs with similar more established organisations in the leisure sector, a sector which went through major reform in the 1990s.

Research and Policy Officer, Urban Forum (2010 – 2012)

As Research and Policy Officer, my role was to manage and produce Urban Forum’s research reports and policy briefings for our membership of local community groups across England, as well as to advocate for the sector by presenting at events and government roundtables. In addition, I identified funding opportunities and contributed to numerous successful bid submissions and project proposals.

  • Community Rights Made Real: An action research project to enable community groups, particularly those who have traditionally lacked power, to take advantage of new opportunities being created through the government’s Community Rights programme.