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Senior Academic Team

David Dixon

David graduated in 1979 with a 2:1 in Analytical & Descriptive Economics, and then went on to complete his Post Graduate Certificate in Education in 1987.

A teacher and lecturer for 26 years, then progressing to programme leader and senior lecturer positions, for the last 7 years David has been Programme Leader and Academic Director for University of Essex Online.

David is a committed egalitarian and secularist and believes that education is key to promoting social and economic welfare. He has a long-standing commitment to ‘life-long learning’ and widening access to education.

David Dixon

Liz Kirrane

After graduating in 1986 with a BSc in Management Sciences from Lancaster, Liz worked in a variety of commercial roles including Areas Sales Manager, UK Sales Manager, Purchasing Manager (Europe) and European Business Development Manager, based in France.

She then went on to study for an MBA at Bradford University Management Centre, where she specialised in Strategy and Business Planning, graduating with a distinction in 1995.

Liz then worked for a leading IT consumables distributor before moving into Management Consultancy and finally joined the University of Essex Online in 2009 as Head of Department for Business.

Liz Kirrane

Katy Bailey

Katy has been the Head of Undergraduate Business since April 2016 and is responsible for leading and managing the various awards in Business and Management and Business and Marketing at Levels 4, 5 and 6.

Graduating from the University of Leeds in 2007 and working for Leeds Metropolitan (now Leeds Beckett) in the interim period, Katy joined the University of Essex Online in 2009, gaining experience in the areas of student support and study skills before joining the Business Department as the Deputy Head of Business in 2014. Katy took on the full responsibility for Undergraduate Business programmes following further growth in student numbers and her academic achievements.

Having successfully achieved a distinction for her PG Cert in Education from Edge Hill University in September 2014, Katy moved on to study the University of Essex MBA in September 2015 and is on track to achieve a distinction, subject to her dissertation outcome. Both of these courses have been studied by distance and online learning, so Katy has extensive experience in this area from the academic, course management and student perspectives and is passionate about widening participation and lifelong learning.

Dr Desma Brown

Dr Desma Brown is Head of Education at the University of Essex Online.

Desma is an experienced Higher Education professional and has teaching experience on undergraduate and post-graduate programmes, where she played a key role in supervising numerous students from the initial stages of development of their research proposals through to the successful completion of their dissertations. She was formerly a visiting lecturer at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln and a programme director for a BEd teacher training programme and an MEd programme at Bradford College University Centre. Desma’s research interest is in sociolinguistics and she has an MEd and EdD in Applied Linguistics from the Open University.

Desma is currently co-writing and editing a book on educational research methods.

Meigan Oxley

Meigan is the Head of Health programmes at University of Essex Online having joined the team in June 2017 to lead on the Masters of Infection Control and the Masters of Public Health.

Graduating with a BSc Hons in Biology from the University of Nottingham in 2014, Meigan continued to complete a Masters of Public Health at the University of Sheffield in 2015. During this time she also conducted primary research for her dissertation on the sexual health and associated needs of men who have sex with men in North Lincolnshire, on behalf of the Council.

Meigan previously worked at the Terrence Higgins Trust as a Health Promotion Specialist, leading on the local development of outreach services with hard to reach populations. During this time she focused on the development of sexual health promotion service and sexual health testing with particular focus on commercial sex workers, young people and vulnerable adults. She also has experience within the Charity and Public Sector, including experience working with the Data Services for Commissioners Team at  NHS England.

Meigan Oxley

Dr Naila Anwar

Naila is the Head of Law at the University of Essex Online having joined the team in May 2015 to develop and lead the LLB (Hons) and LLM programmes.

She holds a PhD degree from the School of Law, University of Nottingham (NU).

Naila previously worked as a Senior Academic Tutor at Sheffield International College (SIC), a Law Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), and a Module Coordinator and Sessional Law Tutor at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). Naila is an enrolled advocate of the Dhaka Bar Association, has also worked as a trainee lawyer for the Human Rights Enforcement Agency, one of the leading NGOs.

Naila Anwar

Sarah Thurgood

Sarah is the Head of Psychology at University of Essex Online, having joined the team in December 2017 to lead the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme.

She is currently working towards a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology where her research interests are in infant feeding and support for new first-time mothers. Prior to the Doctorate, she completed a BSc Forensic Psychology and an MSc Health Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire.

Previous experience includes working within a Local Authority in the Public Health Intelligence Team, as an Addiction Researcher conducting research on what is ‘recovery’? and as an Assistant Manager of a Psychiatric Hostel, supporting patients day-to-day with long-term mental health conditions. Sarah has published journal articles in the field of substance misuse and smoking cessation.

Sarah Thurgood

Dr Steph Alger

Dr Steph Alger is Head of Criminology at University of Essex Online. She completed her PhD in Criminology at the University of Manchester.

Her thesis titled Inverting Assumptions: Domestic Abuse Without ‘Male Power’? explores the accounts of men presenting as victims and women presenting as perpetrators of domestic abuse. She is a contributing author to a book titled Young Men and Domestic Abuse (Gadd et al, 2016). Prior to completing a doctorate, she gained an MSc in Criminology and Research Methods from Keele University and an LLB Law. After working in criminal defence she qualified as a teacher, gaining considerable teaching experience in both further and higher education settings, having taught Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Manchester.

Dr Steph Alger

Business

Alan Kay

Over a 20 year career, Alan has built up a wealth of experience in the advertising, marketing and research industries working for a number of advertising agencies in both media planning/buying and account management. Alan has advertised and marketed many well-known and household brands including Green Isle Foods, Hewlett Packard, McDonalds, Zurich Insurance, Aer Lingus, Specsavers and Land Rover. He has also worked for the Irish national broadcaster, RTÉ and the independent station, TV3 in research and analytical roles.

Alan graduated from the University of Leicester in 2010 with a MSc. Hons degree in Marketing to add to a number of marketing qualifications. He is a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and has lectured at Masters Level with the National College of Ireland. With the University of Essex Online, Alan tutors a number of marketing modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level including Fundamentals of Marketing, International Marketing Strategy, Marketing Communications, Consumer Behaviour and Services Marketing.

Alan has also worked on the design and development of modules along with mentoring new tutors and thoroughly enjoys his interaction with students as they progress through their studies.

Anthony Annakin-Smith

Anthony has been a lecturer in marketing and strategic management for almost twenty years. He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses at universities as well as professional qualifications for the Chartered Institute of Marketing (being a holder of their Postgraduate Diploma) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Prior to taking up lecturing he worked in senior marketing positions for a blue chip insurance company. He is currently a director of three companies including acting as Chairman of a leisure company with a £12m turnover. These roles ensure his academic knowledge is grounded in the real world of business.

Asif Kalam

Asif was awarded the Westminster Business School Scholarship for MSc study at University of Westminster and subsequently obtained a Distinction at the Masters level in International Business Economics.

He teaches the module “Business Environment” for the University of Essex Online programme and also currently works as an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London where he teaches the modules “Macroeconomics for Business” and “Microeconomics for Business” and is currently engaged in PhD research on microfinance after having been previously awarded a scholarship at Birkbeck.

Additionally, Asif is a Tutor in Business Management and Economics at Kings College London.

Chris West

Chris holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Exeter and is also a Member of the British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer, and a Chartered IT Professional. He has also been awarded the Honorary Member of City and Guilds for services to vocational education, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Chris has business experience ranging from Systems Adviser to Managing Director Granada Learning Professional Development, and academic experience ranging from lecturing to Governor at the Royal National College for the Blind.

Chris focuses his research interests on CRM development, IT services procurement and the development and delivery of in-house training for Further Education middle managers.

Clare Walker

Clare graduated from University of Edinburgh in 1998, with a BSc Honours degree, before completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management at Newcastle Business School, leading to Chartered Membership of the CIPD.  An interest in personality and self-awareness has shaped her continued development, with practitioner qualifications in coaching, NLP, MBTI and Belbin.

Clare has worked primarily within the third sector as a Learning and Development specialist, supporting managers and business leaders to define and plan employee development, including management induction, ILM qualifications and leadership programmes.  Since 2013, Clare has been self-employed, working with a range of businesses to develop management skills and leadership effectiveness.

Clare Walker

David Robert James

With my background working in both the Private and Public Sectors, now being based in South Wales, I run my own organisation, I feel hugely privileged with the work that I do.

Most of my involvement is with organisations and students from all around the world and my role is to work with them, in various guises to do the very best I can to support and guide their learning and development. I am very passionate about what I do and am an advocate of the philosophies of lifelong learning and self-refection. My biggest source of work motivation is to see students become the very best that they can be.

I am proud to  have been part of the University of Essex Online team for many years and been involved in several Modules, including C.S.E.1, H.R.M. and I.T.F.; everything tends to work really well because we are all clear about our roles  and how we play our part in placing our students at the heart of everything we do.

Dr David Patrick Mankin

David graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Modern History. In his early career he held several non-teaching roles before moving into the private sector. He held various management positions before embarking upon an academic career.

David previously taught full-time at Oxford Brookes University and the University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC – now Cardiff Metropolitan University); and part-time at Aberystwyth University. He has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since the academy was first founded in 2000. He was also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Since 2009, David has specialised in teaching online learning programmes.

His PhD is in Organisational Knowledge and Learning. He has written or co-written three books, the last two for Oxford University Press: Human Resource Development (2009); Strategic Human Resource Management (2012).

David Mankin

Dewi Lloyd

Dewi is an experienced business & management lecturer, working on a freelance basis for a number of UK universities & other educational organisations.  His areas of specialisation are in the fields of business strategy, operations management, lean manufacturing & project management.

He has nearly 25 years industrial experience working in the UK automotive industry & 20 years experience as a lecturer.  His key skills are in classroom lecturing, online lecturing, tutoring, programme design, materials authoring, assessment/examinations, & dissertation supervision.

He is experienced in working at various levels, in particular on foundation degrees & on masters programmes. 

Dewi Lloyd

Gary Cookson

Gary is a HR, OD and L&D Director doing a mix of self-employed, associate and freelance work. He is a CIPD Chartered Fellow, a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute, a qualified coach and member of the Association for Coaching, a Personal Trainer accredited by the REP, a teacher, a qualified workplace mediator, a qualified H&S professional, a distance learning tutor, and more besides.

Before launching EPIC, he was Associate HR Director at the DBS, and HR Director at Trafford College. Prior to that he was doing HR/OD integration work at a new housing group, and before that he was Head of HR & OD at Golden Gates Housing Trust for 11 years and also has experience of working in a call centre, a national charity and an international pharmaceuticals company. Prior to working in HR he qualified as a secondary school teacher, teaching history. He has also managed and delivered CIPD programmes for many years and have delivered face to face and distance learning qualifications for a range of providers and awarding bodies.

Gary Cookson

Jean Lafferty

Jean holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Business Administration with Modern Languages from Queen’s University Belfast and an MSc in International Tourism Management from Strathclyde University. Her early career was spent as an Undergraduate/Postgraduate Lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire and University of Ulster during which time she gained a Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. From there, Jean spent approx 15 years working at a senior level in various global market research agencies with responsibility for many blue-chip clients across a wide range of sectors including leisure, finance, fmcg and telecoms. She has written many published Mintel market intelligence reports and spoken at various international conferences. Jean now works as a freelance consultant and lecturer and runs her own online retail business. She is especially keen to help students understand the practical application of their theoretical studies with a specific interest in online start-up businesses. 

Kirsty Cousins

Kirsty is an experienced Independant Training Consultant  and has been working with a number of educational establishments for over 17 years, in the field of Business Management, specialising in Human Resource Management and Marketing.   She has been qualified to teach online since 1999.

Kirsty has been working with the University of Essex Online since 2014 within the Business and Management department for both undergraduate and postgraduate modules. 

Kirsty Cousins

Lisa Clark

Lisa possesses over 10 years of experience from various Senior Management Training and Development roles within the financial and business service industries, including BT plc, Toyota GB and Halifax UK Bank before moving into academia.

Lisa works as a Senior Lecturer specialising within the field of Human Resource Development in particular leadership, management learning and development, data centre leadership, social theory and its influence and effect on learning transfer, social learning and workplace learning.  Lisa has a passion for lifelong learning and works for Newcastle University Business School and remotely for the Lord Ashcroft International Business School of Anglia Ruskin University.

Lisa Clark

Manjiri Pujari

Manjiri Pujari is a business tutor who has worked in the education and hospitality industry.  She has lived in the UK and worked with brands such as Mandarin Oriental, Expedia and Marriott. She began her professional journey by training as a Chef with Oberoi Hotels & Resorts in India.

Manjiri is a bubbly and outgoing person who enjoys travelling. Her hobbies include cooking for friends & family, playing badminton and reading.  Her favourite part about working in online education is being able to interact with students across the globe and helping them fulfil their dreams.

Marilyn May

Following a career in the manufacturing sector as an accountant, Marilyn moved into lecturing as a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.  Initially teaching management accounting, she developed her interest in information systems and embarked on the MSc Business Management Systems at Warwick University.  She holds a qualification in Teaching Studies in Higher Education from Sheffield Hallam University.

Marilyn is also a director of an educational consultancy company, teaches on professional accountancy examination courses, post-graduate degrees and supervises post-graduate student dissertations.

Marilyn May

Mark Flagg

Mark is a Qualified Teacher (PGCE) with an Executive MBA, and MA in Professional Development, Education and Training. He is also a specialist in Education, Leadership and Management, Change Management.

Mark is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Chartered Management Institute and a member of the CIPD. He has experience in Management and Education, having worked in the Private and Public Sectors, including Royal Mail , NHS and Universities and Colleges. Mark is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and the Association of Project Management and a PRINCE2 Practitioner.

He is currently a Programme Director at the University of Wales Trinity St. David.

Matt Jones

With over a decade of industry experience in leadership and management, drawn across private and public sectors, Matt now holds a number of Higher Education roles. Matt is an experienced Business Tutor with University of Essex Online delivering a range of modules including: Leadership & Managing Teams; Business Planning; Business Strategy; Marketing & Project Management. Dissertation Supervisor for MBA / MSc students. Prior to working in Higher Education; Matt gained a wealth of experience in Financial Services Management, Retail Management, and the UK Public Sector. Matt’s research interests pivot around E-Leadership, Cyber-Crime, Advanced Information Technology, Leadership, Business Systems and E-Business.

Matt Jones

Maxine Shaverin

Maxine achieved a range of professional and academic qualifications before launching her own educational consultancy business in 2010. She has over 20 years’ business improvement experience in manufacturing, public, commercial and education sectors and has also held various senior positions including Production, Quality and Planning Manager.

In addition to delivering a range of modules for University of Essex Online as a tutor, Maxine continues to teach and facilitate programmes for a number of higher education establishments as an Honorary Lecturer . She also designs and develops a range of professional qualifications and post graduate modules for delivery on behalf of a number of universities and commercial organisations.

Nick Hall

Tutoring online on business studies degree courses since 2008 (Marketing and Sales orientated modules for University of Essex Online) is just one of the services I have been providing as an education consultant for some 10 years. I have also fulfilled contracts as a Curriculum Content Developer, English for Academic Purposes Tutor, Lecturer in Marketing and Learning Support Manager for a variety of Higher Education establishments in the UK and abroad, over this period.

Prior experience was gained in a twenty-year business career encompassing marketing and sales roles primarily in the IT industry, culminating in senior management positions and on to running my own marketing consultancy for a period.

Paul Matthews

Paul holds an MA in Marketing, BA Hons in Marketing, Diploma of the Market Research Society, Fellow of the Institute of Administrative Managers and a formal qualification in online tutoring and facilitation. He also holds university teacher status in business and management.

Paul has over 25 years’ commercial experience, ultimately running the marketing operation for a major UK financial services organisation. He currently runs his own marketing consultancy business working with a diverse range of clients.

Paul’s passion is helping students and businesses maximise their potential by understanding their own strengths and weaknesses and helping them to deliver what is expected.

Paul Ridoutt

For several years Paul has been lecturing in universities in the UK and overseas in Business Strategy, Tourism, Aviation, Marketing and Project Management.  Prior to that Paul spent 20 years as an International Management Consultant and Project Manager working on major business development projects in over 30 countries around the world, this included programme planning and delivery, hands on management of economic reform programmes in developing countries, many funded by the EU, UK government and major international / regional development banks including CDB, ADB, plus a wider multi sector consultancy experience in finance, agriculture, transport, public sector and higher education.

Paul is a graduate in Management Studies has a Masters in International Tourism: Development Policies and Planning, a Doctorate in implementing IT into Developing Countries and has a wide experience as a CEO and senior executive in business.

Phil Johnson

Phil has previously specialised in marketing and business strategy across a variety of businesses from start-ups to global blue chips, which enables him to offer students a unique insight into the application of academic learning in the workplace and helps him to bring group discussions to life.

Furthermore both of his undergraduate and MBA dissertations were focused on growth in small businesses and he has provided consultancy to small businesses.

Phil is particularly keen for students to recognize how the modules of their course fit together to form a cohesive understanding of how business works and how it needs to adapt to accommodate the changing environment.

Rob Smith

Robert has worked as an online tutor for the Brighton School of Business & Management since November 2011 and deals with HND and HNC Business programmes. He also delivers a variety of e-learning modules for the College of Estate Management and has worked for the University of Essex Online since June 2010. His main responsibilities are delivering the Work Based Learning 1 and 2; Business Management Project; and Business Management Skills modules. He also supervises MSc Business and Management and MBA projects. In the earlier years, he dealt with the Business Finance and Business Environment modules.

He holds a BA Honours Business Studies degree, postgraduate qualifications in IT and accounting and finance, and teaching. He also holds an MA in Education.

Criminology

Dr Steph Alger

Dr Steph Alger is Head of Criminology at University of Essex Online. She completed her PhD in Criminology at the University of Manchester.

Her thesis titled Inverting Assumptions: Domestic Abuse Without ‘Male Power’? explores the accounts of men presenting as victims and women presenting as perpetrators of domestic abuse. She is a contributing author to a book titled Young Men and Domestic Abuse (Gadd et al, 2016). Prior to completing a doctorate, she gained an MSc in Criminology and Research Methods from Keele University and an LLB Law. After working in criminal defence she qualified as a teacher, gaining considerable teaching experience in both further and higher education settings, having taught Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Manchester.

Dr Steph Alger

Ajoy Gosain

Ajoy recently retired as a Detective Inspector in the London Metropolitan Police Service. Over his career Ajoy has gained considerable experience serving as a detective in a variety of major enquiry investigations including his work Scotland Yard’s Anti-Terrorist Branch (SO13).

Alongside Ajoy’s vast professional experience he has completed an undergraduate degree and has also completed a postgraduate degree at the University of Leicester. Ajoy has also gained considerable experience teaching internationally as a visiting Faculty Fellow at the American University Washington.

Ajoy is currently a corporate investigator for a major international airline, dealing with fraud and internal investigation in the UK and overseas.

Ajoy Gosain

Annabel Schofield

Annabel graduated in 2001 with a BSc in Human Geography from Leeds Metropolitan University.

She then went to work in the Criminal Justice System, working with West Yorkshire Probation Service and the local Youth Offending Team, before returning to higher education at Leeds Metropolitan University specialising in online learning.

Annabel joined the University of Essex Online in 2007 as one of the founding members of staff. She completed her MSc in Criminology and Criminal Psychology in 2014 from the University of Portsmouth.

Annabel Schofield

Dr Benjamin M Baughman

Dr Benjamin Baughman is a former Sergeant from the Raleigh Police Department (RPD) and currently an Instructor with the North Carolina Justice Academy (NCJA) in the United States (US).  Ben develops and delivers a range of classes by drawing on his real-world experience and formal education.

Additionally, he is practiced in the application and instruction in the use of investigative psychology, critical incident response, law enforcement techniques and mathematical modelling. Throughout his fifteen year career in law enforcement he served in the following capacities with the RPD; Patrol Officer, Training Officer, Hostage Negotiator and Coordinator, State Certified Instructor, Crime Analyst, Detective and Sergeant.

Currently, Ben is developing the 2017 In-Service mandatory training on improving decision making for all sworn N.C. law enforcement.

Dr Benjamin Baughman

Carol Harris

After completing undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Politics in the 1990’s, Carol spent some years travelling and lived in Europe in a number of countries. Upon returning to England, she undertook a research role and then started employment with the Probation Service in 2002.  In 2004 she trained to be a Probation Officer in 2004, undertaking a further degree in Community Justice and this remains a career that continues for her now. She has continued to enjoy this role and has completed specialist training working in risk assessment with offenders who commit sexual offences, domestic abuse and in particular, a specialism working with women offenders. She has worked in accredited programmes, various courts, prison establishments and has completed many parole and pre-sentence reports to offer specialist advice with regards to the risk management and risk assessment of offenders.

Recently in her career she has been working in a specialist role with female offenders, which led her to undertaking research on women offenders within the criminal justice system. Her career is now a combination of completing parole and pre-sentence reports alongside her tutoring role with the University of Essex Online, which commenced in January 2011. She enjoys the complementary nature of these two roles, allowing her to continue on both an academic and criminal justice practitioner path. She is also in the process of writing a novel which has been a longstanding personal ambition.

Carol Harris

Clare Choak

Clare is a face to face and online specialist, having worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich for the past twelve years and as an Associate Lecturer at the Open University for over a decade.  She works online for the University of Essex and Arden University, in addition to External Examiner at Portsmouth University. At Essex she wrote and now delivers the postgraduate Crime, Causation & Criminological Theory (CCCT) module.

In addition to teaching Clare has taken on a range of responsibilities attached to these roles, such as curriculum developer, course developer, course updater and module reviewer. She teaches sociology and criminological with a specialism in young people, youth crime, subcultures, gangs, class, gender and race.

In addition to teaching Clare is in the final stages of her PhD around young women and gangs in London and has worked for several years as a Research Fellow on a range of criminological projects. She has a first class ESRC recognised masters in Social Research and is also currently completing a masters in Forensic Psychology.

David Marshall

David is a serving senior police officer who began his police career in 1992. As a Police Constable he served in a number of uniformed and specialist roles. Transferring to British Transport Police in 2000, David gained promotion to Sergeant where he operated in various geographic areas of the force both as a uniformed Sergeant and within the Crime Management Department. Promotion to Inspector saw David head up force operations in Edinburgh during which time he was heavily involved in the policing of the G8 summit in 2005. As an inspector he also served as staff officer to the Assistant Chief Constable.

Promotion to Chief Inspector saw David assume responsibility for territorial operations for BTP Scotland Division. As a chief inspector, David also held command roles within Operational Support and Protective Services. He also served as the Divisional lead for Professional Standards. As Superintendent, David is responsible for the day to day policing of Scotland’s rail network with overall responsibility for territorial policing, operational support, and crime and intelligence. David is an experienced senior leader, is a member of the Chartered Management Institute, and is an accredited College of Policing Public Order Gold and Silver Commander. He has a strong background in the planning and delivery of large scale events, including the Ryder Cup in 2014, and more recently as Silver Commander for the Scotland v England World Cup Football qualifier where he coordinated the force response and mobilisation.

David holds a Foundation Degree in Arts in Policing, a Bachelor of Science in Crime and Criminology, and a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Psychology. He is an occasional guest lecturer at Abertay University where he presents to criminology students on a range of police related topics including counter terrorism, public order policing, and suicide prevention and mental health

Faheem Ahmed

Prior to joining University of Essex, Faheem served in the Metropolitan Police Service where he gained an in-depth experience of investigative work, having undertaken a wide range of intelligence and operational roles as a Senior Investigating Officer within the Criminal Investigation Department, Special Branch, the Anti-Corruption Command, the Counter Terrorism Command, and the Crime Academy. He has since worked as a part-time legal executive, as adjudicator and an executive adviser at the Financial Ombudsman Service, as a policy adviser at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and currently as a senior officer with HM Revenue and Customs. He is also a school governor, a volunteer with an educational charity, which equips under-privileged youngsters with the requisite knowledge, skills and attributes to enhance their employability, and a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

He has obtained several higher education qualifications through distance learning and part-time evening study, including a Post-16 Certificate in Education, a Diploma in English Law, a Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies (Leadership and Management), a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Educational Studies, and a Master of Science degree in Gender, Culture, Politics. As such, he can totally understand how difficult it is for some students to find the time while holding down a job or having to look after a family.

Faheem Ahmed

Harry Harris

Harry worked for the Ministry of Defence for 25 years, during which time he travelled and taught equality, diversity, leadership, teamwork and more. He then achieved a First Class honours in Criminal Justice and a Masters Degree in Social Work.

Harry is current a Family Court Officer working in the Family Court.  Harry currently writes both private and public law reports, works with advocates, children and families, the judiciary and the courts.  Harry has to methodically case manage to deliver efficient, evidence based court reports in a timely manner.

Harry has experience attending Serious Case Reviews and working in a multi-agency environment alongside the police, probation and prison services. Harry’s research interests are broadly related to the training, retention and recruitment of Social Workers in frontline child protection teams.

Harry has been working as a Freelance Tutor since June 2013 and is an advocate for open learning and for education to be available to all.

Harry Harris

Hilary Miller

Hilary is a retired police officer having completed 30 years of service with South Wales Police. Throughout her career she has served in various departments including response, community, serious and major crime as a HOLMES operator and concluded her career in the training department.

Hilary has presented her research in conferences in both the UK and in the USA and has published with distinguished authors. Hilary is also a part-time lecturer on the Police Sciences Degree Course at the University of South Wales and has been tutoring with University of Essex Online since 2011.

Hilary Miller

Mary Hill

Mary worked as a Senior Legal Adviser in a Magistrates’ Court for 20 years and was involved in the training of Legal Advisers for Criminal, Family and Civil Court work, and Magistrates and Social Workers. She has produced comprehensive guidance on the Youth Court, Mental Health, Road Traffic Law, and Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance, Public and Private Family Law Proceedings and many aspects of Criminal Law Proceedings.

Mary has worked as a Legal Clerk to Solicitors, gaining experience of the criminal defence perspective by preparing cases for the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court, interviewing witnesses, assisting clients in prison, preparing appeals and providing client care.

Mary Hill

Dr Max Mclean

Max Mclean joined West Yorkshire Police in 1980 and progressed from investigator to Detective Chief Inspector and all the way up to Head of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, a role which demanded his personal oversight of all major investigations conducted by the Force’s Senior Investigating Officers as well as direct line management of the homicide and major enquiry Review Team (‘cold cases’).

Following retirement in October 2010, Max embarked on a full-time PhD postgraduate research degree at the University of Huddersfield, studying decision-making by Coroners in their investigations of unexplained deaths. He graduated in 2015.

Max presently lectures extensively in homicide investigation, ‘cold-case’ investigation techniques, tackling institutional sexual and physical abuse and police interview procedures with both suspects and witnesses. He is the author of numerous crime related articles in both academic journals and national daily publications.

Dr Max Mclean

Dr Michael Lewis

Michael completed his PhD in Forensic Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire. During this time he worked as an Associate Lecturer teaching on the undergraduate Psychology programme at the university. He was later employed by the University of Leicester to lecture on their MSc in Forensic Psychology. Michael has also worked in secure psychiatric settings, conducting psychological assessments and therapeutic interventions with offenders with complex forensic backgrounds.

As an active researcher in the discipline of Forensic Psychology, Michael is the lead author on the Psychopathic Processing and Personality Assessment (PAPA; Lewis, Ireland & Abbott, 2014). He continues to publish papers on clinical psychopathy, specifically investigating implicit processing in offenders with this disorder.

Michael is a reviewer for the Journal of Criminal Psychology, Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, and Hogrefe Publishing. He is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and soon to be a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Michael Lewis

Nicole Sherretts

Nicole completed her PhD in Criminal Psychology at the University of Huddersfield.  Prior to completing her PhD, Nicole gained a MSc in Investigative Psychology, also from the University of Huddersfield.Nicole is a Researcher and Lecturer in Criminology and Psychology and has experience working with the Criminal Justice System in the US. She is also an experienced quantitative research methodologist and while she primarily conducts research in prisons in Pennsylvania (including those that house death row inmates), she is also an International Advisory Board member for the global None-in-Three project; an effort dedicated to combating the statistic that 1 in 3 women will face violence (domestic and sexual) in their lifetimes. Nicole’s research interests include: Psychopathy, Criminal Social Identity, Homicidal behaviour, Serial homicide, Domestic violence, Sexual violence, Crime analysis, and Investigative analysis.

Nicole Sherretts

Nigel Brearley

Nigel studied history and sociology at the University of Essex where he was bitten by the criminology/sociology of deviance bug under the inspiring tutorship of Stanley Cohen, Ken Plummer and Barbara Hudson. After a spell as secondary school teacher, he obtained an MA at the University of Sheffield and undertook postgraduate research at the London School of Economics. Nigel has lectured in criminology for over thirty years primarily at the Polytechnic of Central London, the University of Leicester, Portsmouth Polytechnic and Southampton Solent University from where he recently retired as Head of Department and joined University of Essex Online. Nigel’s funded research and publication interests over the years have been in the fields of criminal victimisation and crime prevention, public order and criminal investigation. Aside from such applied issues, Nigel retains an interest in theoretical criminology, particularly the legacy of new left realism and cultural criminology. Nigel has been very involved in the development of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in criminology by distance learning since the early 1990s and has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Hong Kong, the Peoples’ Public Security University in Beijing and Visiting Professor at the University of Copenhagen. He is currently researching and writing a book on crime, detectives and the media in the 1940s.

Susy Menis

Susy Menis completed a Dottorato in Giurisprudenza (BA Hon) at the University of Bologna, Italy and a Msc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Surrey, and has completed a PhD at Birkbeck London University, School of Law. Susy has been teaching with Essex University Online since 2009 on the Criminology programme. She has delivered and designed a number of modules. Her teaching includes: Introduction to Criminology, Introduction to Psychology, Crime and Society, Justice and Punishment, Criminal Justice System, Custodial Care, Risk Assessment and Management, Legal System, Dealing with Offender Behaviour, and the Criminal Justice Project.

Susy has been teaching as an Associated Lecturer and Visiting Lecturer on the QLD LLB and LLM programme for Birkbeck London University, the Open University and St Mary’s University, Twickenham. She also delivers the Certificate in HE in Legal Methods at Birkbeck School of Law. Susy is an external examiner on behalf of Plymouth University for the Criminology and Psychology Foundation degree in South Devon College; she has been a member of the Prison Monitoring Board since 2010. Susy’s research interests are in the area of socio-legal studies, criminal law and criminology.

Susy Menis

Yasmin Devi-McGleish

After completing her undergraduate degree in Criminology with Applied Psychology, Yasmin started a PhD in Criminology. Her research looks at the use of Restorative Justice type approaches in educational settings. She is now coming in to the final stages of her PhD.

Yasmin has extensive experience taking seminars and lectures for a range of undergraduate modules. She also has experience teaching a range of modules relating to criminology and psychology in her role as a postgraduate tutor.

Yasmin Devi-McGleish

Education

Sarah Powell

Sarah graduated in 1995 with a 2:1 in Modern Languages and then went on to complete her Post Graduate Certificate in Education in 1996. She has been a teacher and trainer for 22 years, spending 7 years in the secondary sector and 15 at Kaplan Professional working in a variety of positions including programme manager, national quality team and training and development.

For the last 6 years, Sarah has been working as one of the Directors of the Kaplan Tutor Academy, being responsible for tutor development within Kaplan. She completed her Masters in Education in 2016, specialising in developing more interactive approaches to teaching, delivery and assessment. She is committed to promoting lifelong learning and wider access to educational opportunitiy.

Health

Meigan Oxley

Meigan is the Head of Health programmes at University of Essex Online having joined the team in June 2017 to lead on the Masters of Infection Control and the Masters of Public Health.

Graduating with a BSc Hons in Biology from the University of Nottingham in 2014, Meigan continued to complete a Masters of Public Health at the University of Sheffield in 2015. During this time she also conducted primary research for her dissertation on the sexual health and associated needs of men who have sex with men in North Lincolnshire, on behalf of the Council.

Meigan previously worked at the Terrence Higgins Trust as a Health Promotion Specialist, leading on the local development of outreach services with hard to reach populations. During this time she focused on the development of sexual health promotion service and sexual health testing with particular focus on commercial sex workers, young people and vulnerable adults. She also has experience within the Charity and Public Sector, including experience working with the Data Services for Commissioners Team at  NHS England.

Meigan Oxley

Emma Richards

Emma joined University of Essex Online as a tutor in June 2015 to support Microbiology and Immunology based modules of the MSc Infection Control course. Holding a 1st class degree in Biomedical Science from Royal Holloway, University of London and a Master’s degree in Biochemical Research from Imperial College, London, Emma has developed a wealth of experience and skills in applied microbiology practice and Immunology research.

Emma is also currently pursuing a PhD in bacteriology and Infection at Imperial College, London.

In addition to research and academic experience, Emma has gained tutor experience supporting individuals and groups across a variety of levels and subjects.

Emma Richards

Helen Castledine

Helen is a highly experienced public health specialist and commissioner. She obtained her first degree in History from the University of Liverpool and holds an MA in Health and Community Development from De Montfort University and an MSc in Public Health from the Institute of Postgraduate Medicine at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. She has worked for almost 15 years at a senior level in public health departments at a regional and local level in the National Health Service, local authorities and clinical commissioning groups. Currently, Helen is working for a local authority public health department in London Borough, whilst finalising her defined specialist portfolio for submission to the UK Public Health Register.

Helen is particularly interested in children and young people’s health, sexual health and health inequalities. She is committed to supporting the development of public health workforce and is an assessor for the UKPHR Public Health Practitioner Scheme and lectures on masters level programmes both online and face to face in health promotion, health needs assessment and health inequalities. 

Dr Kinga Lowrie

Dr Kinga Lowrie is currently Research Associate at the University of Sheffield. She is a health services researcher with an interest in mixed, qualitative and quantitative methods.

Kinga’s research experience includes public health projects and economic evaluations. She assisted in an international study on fertility with the researchers from Yale University, the diabetes project in Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, and the project on mainstreaming assisted living technologies in the University of Sheffield. Her PhD investigated methods to enhance the usefulness of decision models to improve the uptake of telehealth. Her research interests include behavioural operation research and the use of technology in healthcare.

Dr Navami Leena

Dr Navami Leena joined University of Essex Online in 2017 as an associate tutor in Public Health. She works as a lecturer at Coventry University catering to the MBA and MSc Healthcare Management routes, where she also delivers a few modules within bachelor’s Public Health and Community studies. Navami also lectures at Arden University for several health modules.

Navami was working as the resident medical officer and as a consultant dentist in a multi-speciality hospital in India and has volunteered for more than 200 medical camps, she has also acted on various occasions as a public health campaign co-ordinator for different NGOs. She is part of a group directors for a dental clinic and a food manufacturing firm.

Dr Orode Aniejurengho

Orode is a UK-based post-doctoral research scientist who joined the team in Jan 2018 as a freelance tutor. She received her PhD from the University of Brighton in July 2016, where she focused on the development of novel antimicrobial strategies for the treatment of urinary tract infections. She has over 5 years experience in research, with expertise in microbiology and synthetic chemistry.She received her Masters in Bioscience in 2012 with a distinction, and graduated with a First class in BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science with multiple awards. Currently, her research focuses on the commercially viable biomimetic nanomaterials for applications in drug discovery, so as to obtain more clinically reflective cell-culture models.

She enjoys communicating science to the public, is a Member of the Royal Society of Biology and a STEM ambassador who enjoys motivating students to be active participators in their learning. Her overall research aim is to conduct research that will provide practical solutions for societal benefit.

Roberta Borges-Stewart

Roberta was born in Brazil and after completing her degree in Modern Languages in 1998 she came to England to improve her spoken English and ended up getting married.

She achieved a degree in Environmental Health (BSc Hons) and after working as an EHP for a couple of years, she returned to education and completed a Master of Public Health at The University of Nottingham.

Roberta worked for Bolsover District Council for 7 years and moved to the Health Protection Team in Public Health England in 2013. Roberta is also an examiner for the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health – a role which sees her mentoring students through their qualification process.

Roberta Borges-Stewart

Dr. Tara Tancred

Dr. Tara Tancred is currently a research associate within UCL’s Institute of Education, working on a systematic literature review of various interventions integrated into academic curricula that aim to reduce violence and substance abuse in youth. Tara is also leading a realist evaluation of a quality improvement intervention in southern Tanzania, and the qualitative component of a theory of change-based evaluation of the Bill and Melinda Gates-funded Better Immunization Data Initiative in northern Tanzania.

Her previous research experience has been broad, from culturing of bone marrow and testing anti-myeloma therapeutics in experimental oncology, to photography projects and body mapping with youth and women in Uganda. Her PhD work centred on a process evaluation of a community-based quality management intervention that aimed to improve maternal and new-born health in rural south-eastern Tanzania.

Dr. Tara Tancred

Law

Dr Naila Anwar

Naila is the Head of Law at the University of Essex Online having joined the team in May 2015 to develop and lead the LLB (Hons) and LLM programmes.

She holds a PhD degree from the School of Law, University of Nottingham (NU).

Naila previously worked as a Senior Academic Tutor at Sheffield International College (SIC), a Law Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), and a Module Coordinator and Sessional Law Tutor at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). Naila is an enrolled advocate of the Dhaka Bar Association, has also worked as a trainee lawyer for the Human Rights Enforcement Agency, one of the leading NGOs.

Naila Anwar

Aimee Asante

Dr. Aimée Asante holds an LL.B. and a Ph.D in Law from The University of Strathclyde. She is an early career researcher, with a passion for teaching, and finding new ways to apply existing laws, in order to enhance access to justice, and substantive and procedural justice for the legally marginalised. She is keen to be involved in law teaching innovation developments and frequently explore ways to keep subjects alive for students, in order to ensure that their understanding and passion grow, rather than the converse.

Amel Ketani

Amel Ketani joined Kaplan in 2016 as a Contract Law Associate Tutor. Amel is a Barrister, a Senior Law Lecturer and a Mediator. She taught at several institutions (public and private) before starting to teach at Kaplan. Amel taught on the LLB, GDL and Diploma Programmes.

She is currently the LLB Deputy Programme Leader at BPP University. She has a particular interest in Mediation. She is currently completing her PhD and has presented and published on the topic of mediation.

Amel Ketani

Carrie Fox

Carrie Fox is a postgraduate researcher in International Law at Aberystwyth University. She is an experienced tutor, teaching through both the medium of English and the medium of Welsh. She holds degrees in both Law and in Welsh, as well as an LLM in Legal Research. She completed her undergraduate Law degree part-time as a mature student, so is very familiar with the challenges facing students who also work and have busy outside lives.

Christopher Luff

Chris was awarded his LLB in 2010 as a mature student, having previously been a civil servant. He went on to complete a Masters degree in UK Human Rights and Public Law, receiving a distinction. Alongside his LLM studies, Chris worked as a researcher on a Nuffield Foundation funded project on the impact of judicial review, which was conducted by the University of Essex and the Public Law Project.

Chris is an experienced tutor on the LLB programme. He teaches Public/Constitutional Law and has taught Land Law and Introduction to Property Law. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Christopher Luff

George Ellison

George is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Derby University, he is also a qualified teacher and Barrister.

George has been a law lecturer since 2002 before that he was a police officer with Merseyside Police. He is currently studying for a Doctorate in Education with particular focus on creativity in education.

Hammeed Al Ameen

Hammeed was awarded his PhD in competition law at Swansea University in 2013. He completed his LLM at Maastricht University, the Netherlands and his LLB (Hons) at Lagos State University, Nigeria. He also holds advanced diplomas in Intellectual property law and International trade law.
Hammeed is a lecturer at Cardiff University where he teaches a range of commercial modules including competition law. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He also conducts research in competition law and has published a book titled Antitrust: The Person-centred Approach and has also published a number of articles in the field.
He is also a qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria with experience in international commercial practice.

Dr Johanna Hoekstra

Johanna worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the LLB Programme at the University of Essex, teaching contract law and  academic, legal  and professional skills. She also worked as an associate lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University where she taught on the LLM in international business law. She is an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She also worked on the Essex Business and Human Rights Project as a researcher.

Johanna has an LLM from the University of Bordeaux and a M.sc from Birkbeck College. Currently she is finishing her PhD at the University of Essex, analysing the legal authority of non-state rules in international commercial contracts.

Johanna Hoekstra

Dr Maria Xiouri

Dr Maria Xiouri holds a PhD in Public International Law (Queen Mary, University of London) and two LLMs in Public International Law (University of Cambridge, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens). She has worked as an Associate Lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London. Her research interests include the Law of Treaties, Law of State Responsibility and Law of the Sea.

Mantas Kazulis

Mantas holds a LLM (Distinction) and undertook postgraduate research at the School of Law, University of Sheffield where he also taught. Mantas has experience of teaching inquiry-based law modules where significant part of teaching was delivered through a virtual learning environment. Before joining the University of Essex Online, Mantas taught law, political theory and other social science modules at two international colleges.

Alongside his work for the University of Essex Online, Mantas holds a permanent position at University of Huddersfield International Study Centre and is studying for a Diploma in Accounting and Business, partially through a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

Mantas Kazulis

Mary Hill

Mary worked as a Senior Legal Adviser in a Magistrates’ Court for 20 years and was involved in the training of Legal Advisers. She has produced comprehensive guidance on the Youth Court, Mental Health, Road Traffic Law, and Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance, Public and Private Family Law Proceedings and many aspects of Criminal Law Proceedings within the Magistrates’ Court.

Mary has worked as a Legal Clerk to Solicitors and gained experience of the criminal defence perspective by preparing cases for the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court, interviewing witnesses, assisting clients in prison, preparing appeals and providing client care. She has a broad range of experience in a variety of working environments.

Mary Hill

Dr Pamela Nika

Dr Pamela Nika has recently completed her PhD studies at the University of Reading, where she also acts as a Lecturer and Module Convenor for two LLM Modules. Pamela also holds an LLM in International Commercial Law from City University London, and an undergraduate Law degree from National Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is also a qualified lawyer at Athens Bar Association and has worked in the private sector in Athens, Greece, gaining practical exposure to areas of financial regulation, capital markets and international financial transactions.

Pamela’s research interests are in the areas of financial law and regulation, central banking, international banking, international monetary law, law and economics, commercial law, international economic law and the Law of WTO.

Pamela Nika

Dr Rachael Dickson Hillyard

Rachael is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, having received her PhD in Law in 2018 from Queen’s University Belfast. She is an experienced tutor in law as well as the politics of the European Union and political theory. She holds a BA in International Studies and History and an LLM in Criminal Justice and Human Rights Law. Alongside her PhD study Rachael worked in Learning Development and supported students’ academic skills development through one-to-one consultations and workshop facilitation. She facilitates workshops on a consultancy basis on postgraduate dissertation skills.

Tenney Cotton

Tenney was awarded her LLB in 2004 and in 2007 completed an LLM in Criminal Law (receiving a distinction).  She is an experienced Senior Law Lecturer, has a PG Cert HE and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Until recently, Tenney taught at Teesside University on both the LLB and the LLM and was the LLM Programme Leader.  She has led and taught a number of modules, including the English Legal System, Legal Research Methods, Land Law and the Law of Evidence.  She has a particular interest in the Law of Criminal Evidence and Human Rights.  Tenney joins Kaplan as an associate tutor teaching on the Research Methods for Legal Studies module.

Tenney Cotton

Yakesh Tanna

Yakesh is currently a Practising Solicitor in Criminal Law, a Professional Ethics Marker for the Bar Standards Board and a Tutor in Criminal Law at Coventry University. He has over 20 years’ experience in the legal field and over 10 years’ experience as a Professional Legal Trainer in Criminal Litigation with Central Law Training. He is also an approved Examiner for the Oxford Cambridge and RSA (OCR) and Cambridge International Examination Boards and a Law Tutor for the Open University.

Yakesh is a member of The Law Society, Association of Law Teachers and The British Society of Criminology.

He says, “I am extremely passionate about teaching Criminal Law and my aim is to create a supportive learning environment.”

Yakesh Tanna

Psychology

Sarah Thurgood

Sarah is the Head of Psychology at University of Essex Online, having joined the team in December 2017 to lead the BSc (Hons) Psychology programme.

She is currently working towards a Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology where her research interests are in infant feeding and support for new first-time mothers. Prior to the Doctorate, she completed a BSc Forensic Psychology and an MSc Health Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire.

Previous experience includes working within a Local Authority in the Public Health Intelligence Team, as an Addiction Researcher conducting research on what is ‘recovery’? and as an Assistant Manager of a Psychiatric Hostel, supporting patients day-to-day with long-term mental health conditions. Sarah has published journal articles in the field of substance misuse and smoking cessation.

Sarah Thurgood

Alan Law

Alan is currently a PhD Fellow finishing a dissertation on personality development and wisdom. He is now based in New Zealand, where he completed a BA and PGDipSci in psychology before leaving for Europe to teach English and Psychology for 14 years. During that time he gained an MSc in Occupational Psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London, and his PhD will be from the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences in Germany.

Aside from a teaching qualification, he has certification to administer psychological tests for occupational purposes, with particular focus on personality tests. As well as authoring a textbook for secondary school psychology students, Alan has several publications under review or in preparation on wisdom, which will join a catalogue of previously published book chapters on wisdom and a journal article covering the topic of mental health stigma as well as several non-academic works.

He is interested in research on personality across the lifespan, particularly where it intersects with education, work and ageing, but has broad familiarity with several fields of psychology, especially clinical, forensic, sports and organisational

Dr Alex Forsythe

Dr Alex Forsythe is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Senior Lecturer and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  She has recently been appointed as Head of Standards and Certification for the Association of Business psychologists and she is Director of the Masters in Research Methods at the University of Liverpool.  Alex supports online students across the world in their academic studies at Undergraduate, Masters and PhD level.   Recognizing how critical it is that students have the best support materials to guide their learning, Alex has provided freelance support, designing and writing teaching materials at Undergraduate and Post Graduate level.  Areas include individual differences, the history of psychology, the psychology of learning, research methods, leadership, coaching and global talent management.

Alex Forsythe has advanced professional standing in several areas relating to human performance, all of which require demonstrable evidence of diagnostic skills, problem-solving capacities, and diverse applied experience. She has special interests in all facets of measurement. From the measurement of human performance to the measurement very small things such as icons, symbols and repeating patterns, to very large things such as buildings. Her work measuring role that small repeating patterns, known as fractals, play in aesthetic experience and the potential the early diagnosis of Dementia has been discussed in the Wall Street Journal, The New Scientist, The Times, Guardian and by the BBC.  Alex has received funding from the Kings Funds to evaluate the design of palliative care settings and was awarded a European Fellowship to advise architects involved in the design of healing environments and to build industry-university partnerships.

Dr Alexandra Pentaraki

Dr Alexandra Pentaraki obtained her Doctorate degree in Psychological Medicine from the University of London, King’s College London, UK. She is a Honorary Visiting Research Associate of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London and a Chartered Psychologist of The British Psychological Society. She is trained in clinical psychology, neuropsychology and psychotherapy for adults and children. From 2012-2016 she was an Honorary Lecturer, Applied Psychology & Mental Health, of The University of Liverpool, UK and she was also teaching psychology at the University of Roehampton, UK. From April 2018 she teaches psychology at the University of Essex, UK. Her significant clinical experience is derived from her work and research in Great Britain (Maudsley Hospital, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge) and Greece (Clinical and Research Fellow of the Psychiatric Department of Hippocration General Hospital, Thessaloniki, and of the Psychiatric Department of Athens University, Aeginition). Her theoretical and clinical background is based on cognitive-behavioural, short psychodynamic, eclectic approaches, body/mind medicine and mindfulness. She has been trained in psychotherapeutic methods as well as in specific programmes for anxiety, depression, trauma and psychosis.

Dr Pentaraki has been invited to present her work in international conferences and she has been awarded a travel grant from Brain to present her work in the 13th Biennial Workshop on Schizophrenia Research, 2006, Davos, Switzerland. More recently Dr Pentaraki received a Young Scientist Award for her work on verbal memory deficits in schizophrenia (14th Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders, 2008, Montreux, Switzerland). She is and active researcher, writer and an anonymous scientific reviewer. She has published a book on depression and women (Breaking the Chains of Women’s Depression, Brain Matters Institute. She is a practising clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist and a registered expert witness in European and Greek courts and she travels a lot in order to perform her work internationally. In 2011 she has been elected an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Dr Anne-Marie Micallef Ciani

As a Registered Clinical Psychologist, collaborative international therapeutic and consultancy work within CAMHS, social services and in the private sector practice with adolescents and children suffering with different mental health conditions has increased my belief that psychology can be useful when it is effectively applied across a variety of settings, through collaborative working to understand overlapping factors that make or break healthy individuals in the field of deviant behaviour, the nature/nurture dilemma to the contribution of positive citizenship and as well as individual and social well being. Promoting academic knowledge hopefully contributes to new practical arrangements in the lives of people and societies.

Dr Anne-Marie Micallef Ciani

Brandon May

Brandon is a doctoral candidate, who graduated from the University of Winchester in 2016 with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Cognition, and in 2017 with an MSc in Forensic Psychology. He is an experienced researcher, working closely with Fire and Rescue Services and Police Constabularies across the United Kingdom. He has held various quantitative and qualitative research positions in the domain of forensic psychology and criminal justice, which have been funded by the University of Portsmouth and Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST). He has also worked with high-risk sex offenders in the community, assessing recidivism risk, social needs and support networks. He is currently collaborating with practitioners and academics across a variety of fields, developing and evidencing protocols for frontline emergency services.

Brandon has, and continues to, present research nationally and internationally, discussing the efficacy of evidence-based tools for frontline emergency services. He is also co-author for various academic papers, in preparation. Brandon is a member of the British Psychological Society, book reviewer for the Psychology Teaching Review and is working towards his professional registration as a Chartered Forensic Psychologist.

Dr Keith Schofield

A chartered psychologist and BPS accredited psychometric test user, Keith specialises in the application of psychology to the workplace. With a specific interest in how people learn at work, Keith’s research looks at the situated and social nature of the learning process from a qualitative, ethnographic perspective.

Keith’s academic career started lecturing psychology at Dublin Business School, then specialising in work psychology at the University of Huddersfield, before taking up a role in the Work and Organisational Psychology Department at Aston Business School where he also has responsibility for the Executive MBA programme. His teaching focuses on the psychology of learning at work, assessment and selection methods, and contemporary issues in human resources.

Dr Michael Lewis

Michael completed his PhD in Forensic Psychology at the University of Central Lancashire. During this time he worked as an Associate Lecturer teaching on the undergraduate Psychology programme at the university. He was later employed by the University of Leicester to lecture on their MSc in Forensic Psychology. Michael has also worked in secure psychiatric settings, conducting psychological assessments and therapeutic interventions with offenders with complex forensic backgrounds.

As an active researcher in the discipline of Forensic Psychology, Michael is the lead author on the Psychopathic Processing and Personality Assessment (PAPA; Lewis, Ireland & Abbott, 2014). He continues to publish papers on clinical psychopathy, specifically investigating implicit processing in offenders with this disorder.

Michael is a reviewer for the Journal of Criminal Psychology, Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, and Hogrefe Publishing. He is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and soon to be a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Michael Lewis

Nicole Sherretts

Nicole completed her PhD in Criminal Psychology at the University of Huddersfield.  Prior to completing her PhD, Nicole gained a MSc in Investigative Psychology, also from the University of Huddersfield.

Nicole is a Researcher and Lecturer in Criminology and Psychology and has experience working with the Criminal Justice System in the US. She is also an experienced quantitative research methodologist and while she primarily conducts research in prisons in Pennsylvania (including those that house death row inmates), she is also an International Advisory Board member for the global None-in-Three project; an effort dedicated to combating the statistic that 1 in 3 women will face violence (domestic and sexual) in their lifetimes. Nicole’s research interests include: Psychopathy, Criminal Social Identity, Homicidal behaviour, Serial homicide, Domestic violence, Sexual violence, Crime analysis, and Investigative analysis.

Nicole Sherretts