I am a Senior Lecturer in Sports Management and Development in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science at the University of Portsmouth.
I am an expert in the management, leadership, operational environment and working practices of match officials in sport. My research interests concern the role of the match official in sport. Specifically, I am coordinator of the Referee and Match Official Research Network and have worked with organisations such as the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the Dutch FA (KNVB), the French FA (FFF) and the International Netball Federation (INF) to explore the working practices and operational environments of sports match officials.
This research focus has extended to consider other sports such as Rugby Union, Rugby League and Cricket, all of which have generated very strong national media coverage on topics such as abuse towards match officials and the erosion of values in sport.