Currently employed as an Associate Research Professor within the Business School, my academic research and practice experience rests within three key disciplines: human and organisational development, management, and wellbeing. These disciplines span two Edinburgh Napier University Schools namely School of Health and Social Care and The Business School. My background in these fields continues to stimulate my interest and expand my knowledge across these disciplines as evidenced in my research, supervision, and teaching activity. In addition, I work with several voluntary and public sector organisations devoted to military transition, education, and wellbeing and I am the founder and Director of the Centre for Military Research, Education and Public Engagement.
Since 1997 I have consistently held leadership roles in research development and management. Within my key disciplines I have supervised over 40 home and international doctoral students to completion predominately as the Director of Studies and acted as an external doctoral examiner both nationally and internationally. The expertise gained as programme leader of the DBA at Napier is now being shared in my role as an external examiner and mentor to the DBA programme at University of Central Lancashire. I regularly publish and present at conferences and seminars and I am a member of the Editorial Board for ‘European Journal of Training and Development’ and peer review for several journals. Additionally, I have been an active participant on School and University Research Degree and Innovation and Ethics Committees as both Member and Chair. Externally I sit on several local and national and international committees and working groups related to military transition, education, and wellbeing.
I have substantial and sustained income generation portfolio amounting to well over £1 million. This includes a key research role on two major Erasmus + programmes CAREMAN and DOCMAN which examined the discipline of human and organisational development and management within the health arena. Other studies within these disciplines were funded by the NHS and the Department of Health. The focus on wellbeing, was reflected in studies funded by MacMillan and The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Scotland. My most recent grant of £300,000 from Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) aims to investigate the experience of military transition in Scotland which further develops all my key disciplinary interests.