My research interests include police governance, the role of experts in public and policing policy and diversity in policing. I joined University of Leeds in May 2023. I have worked as Assistant Professor in Criminology and Policing at Northumbria University (2019-2023) and Associate Inspector for His Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (2017-2021). I have written extensively about police governance arrangements in Scotland following the amalgamation of local forces and the creation of the Scottish Police Authority in 2013. I have also assisted HMICS with thematic inspections on police governance, training and development and local policing. More recently, I have conducted research examining the impact of English as an additional language (EAL) on police recruitment, progression and specialist roles, funded by the Policing Uplift Programme.