I am an Occupational Therapist with practice and research interests in using physical activity for therapeutic means and ends. I also have an interest in occupational and social justice, health inequities and using participatory methods to work with marginalised groups to address inequalities in participation and knowledge production. I combine my academic work with working as an Occupational Therapist at Sport for Confidence CIC, a social enterprise that addresses access and performance problems with anyone who face barriers to participation, by placing health professionals and specialist sports coaches into leisure centres to make them more accessible and inclusive. In this role I co-lead a national system partnership with Sport England, which incorporates the Moving Occupational Therapists programme.
I also currently co-lead (with my physiotherapy colleague, Dr Adrian Mallows) the Essex hub for the Council for Allied Health Professions Research. Since 2019 I have been a member of the Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Public Health Expert Advisory Group convened by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (previously Public Health England), which has a particular remit for enacting the current UK AHP Public Health strategic framework across practice, research and education. I am a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am also a reviewer for the British Journal of Occupational Therapy, the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal and Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health.
PhD Occupational Therapy
University of Essex,
Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice
University of Essex,
MSc Occupational Therapy
Brunel University London,
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
University of Essex
Post-doctoral Researcher (Senior Research Officer),
School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences,
University of Essex (1/8/2019 - 31/12/2021)
Lecturer in Occupational Therapy (Career break July 2017-Nov 2018),
School of Health and Social Care,
University of Essex (2/11/2009 - 31/7/2019)