A University of Liverpool alumni, I graduated in Sociology in 1996 returning to the department in 2013 to undertake a Masters in Social Research. I began my PhD in 2014.
My professional background is as an equality and human rights practitioner. Previous Chief Executive of the Anthony Walker Foundation, a Liverpool based national charity working with and for children and young people in the field of hate crime and also a national Policy Advisor for the Crown Prosecution Service, with a portfolio including transgender equality and racial and religious hate crime.
My interests are in practice-oriented research into social and criminal justice policies, especially those affecting the lives of children. My PhD research explores the concepts of risk, risk identification and assessment, and how they relate to safeguarding children practice within the context of the Government counter-terrorism/extremism strategies for preventing radicalisation.
My research is supported by the John Lennon Memorial Scholarship for students demonstrating an active interest in global, community and environmental issues, and the University of Liverpool Institute for Risk and Uncertainty.