I am Designer and Professor with 25 years of experience in cultural research and design practice. I have a PhD in Architecture and Design and an MBA in Higher Education Management form University College London (2014). I am an invited Associate Scholar in the Centre for Research in Digital Education, Moray House, University of Edinburgh and a former Board Member of CraftACT.
In 2017 I co-founded Fabricate Studio, a business that focuses on bespoke digital fabrication training and lab development. In this role I have delivered digital fabrication training to refugees and new migrants through the New Creative Futures Textile Enterprise.
Prior to this I held leadership roles in academia including: Associate Dean Research, University of Canberra; Director of Higher Degrees Research, RMIT University; Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation and Head of Communication Design, Queensland University of Technology.
I have received national and international awards including: Queensland Premiers' Smithsonian Fellowship (undertaken in New York); Australian Post-graduate Industry Awards (resulting in 1.1millionAUD grant); Australian Wool Fashion Awards (first prize, twice).
I am recognised for my extensive social enterprise experience through my work as a co-founder of the 4000 member global network, Museum3 which ran for 8 years and provided an invaluable resource to the cultural sector.
I am a member of the Fulbright Scholarship Committee, an Australian Research Council Assessor and a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Specialities: research, leadership, strategy and ,innovation, cultural co-creation, social network development, museum communication, design.
Australian Research Council Post Doctoral Fellow 2006 -2010Queensland Premier's Smithsonian Fellow 2004, First Prize - Knitwear Australian Wool Fashion Awards 2016