Head of the Department of Social Care and Social Work, Manchester Metropolitan University

Before coming to MMU, I led Social Work and Criminal and Community Justice teams at other universities. I have been a lecturer in mental health for fifteen years.

Prior to becoming a lecturer, I spent fourteen years in various roles within the mental health service, in particular as an Approved Mental Health Professional.

Thirty years ago I founded (in Sheffield) the first service for male sexual abuse survivors outside London and am a well-respected figure in the survivor community having been a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rape and Sexual Abuse and executive member of The Survivor's Trust.

I currently manage the teams delivering social work, social care and social change degrees.

I have conducted research into the needs and experiences of male survivors for some time, but have also provided consultancy and published on the mental health needs of asylum seeker children. More recently, I have diversified into other areas of mental health promotion and am working on developing resilience in children which was the main focus of my PhD.

Experience

  • –present
    Head of the Department of Social Care and Social Work, Manchester Metropolitan University