Dean Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong

I am the Dean of Sydney Business School at the University of Wollongong. My areas of expertise are coaching and mentoring, leadership, innovation, education, authentic assessment, and helping students develop research skills. I have many years of experience working in industry as well as in academia, and see the value of bringing a practical bent to academic pursuits and academic rigour to practical issues.
My book 'Coaching and Mentoring for Business' was published by Sage in 2014.


  • –present
    Associate Dean Education - leadership and coaching, University of Wollongong


  • 2004 
    University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, PhD
  • 1993 
    Henley/Brunel University, MBA
  • 1987 
    Manchester Polytechnic, Pg Dip Lib Library and Information Stuides
  • 1985 
    National University of Ireland, University College Cork, MA by Research
  • 1982 
    National University of Ireland, University College Cork, BA


  • 2014
    Coaching and mentoring for business. , Sage, London
  • 2013
    Authentic assessment – key to learning. Chapter 9 in Doyle, E., Buckley, P. and Carroll, C. (eds.) ‘Innovative Business School Teaching: Engaging the Millennial Generation’ pp. 81-92. , Routledge Abingdon, Oxon
  • 2013
    Managerial coaching: challenges, opportunities and training. , Journal of Management Development, 32 (7) 768-779.
  • 2012
    The case for coaching as an approach to addressing challenges in doctoral supervision. , International Journal of Organisational Behaviour, 17 (1) 15-27.

Research Areas

  • Business And Management (1503)


2012 Australian Government National Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for "Using a coaching approach to inspire a love of learning among students and colleagues”. Named one of UOW's Women of Impact in 2016.