I am a Lecturer in Philanthropic Studies, with the Centre for Philanthropy, University of Kent. Prior to this I was Faculty Director for Early Childhood at Canterbury Christ Church University. I have also worked in senior management positions across the voluntary and public sector, including positions of fundraising, business management, commissioning and strategic development. I am particularly interested in the relationship between philanthropy, voluntary action and the third sector, with regards to children, families and education. I have recently published work on commissioning of children's services, youth participation, children's views on charity, the role of philanthropy in education and the co-production of education.