Curriculum Vitae

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About me
I have several years’ experience leading the development of national policy and practice in adult education, particularly in relation to adult literacy and numeracy and financial education. My strengths are in strategic planning; building networks; developing and delivering qualifications and training; and writing in multiple formats. Since June 2012 I have worked as a freelance educational consultant.


Co-wrote and developed Scotland’s ten-year adult literacy and numeracy strategy
Led the strategic implementation of the strategy for the Scottish Government
Provided advice to ministers on aspects of policy
Organised and delivered high-profile national events, including celebrations of International Literacy Day
Led the development of Scotland’s first training framework for the adult literacy and numeracy workforce
Created and rolled out qualifications and training, including the Professional Development Award in Tutoring Adult Literacies
Project managed the development of the new Professional Development Award in Supporting Adult Literacies Learning
Built successful practitioner networks and online communities of practice
Managed the development of educational projects and resources, including the 2011 Census Learning Pack
Project managed the building of online tools and websites, including Financial Learning Online (FLO) Scotland
Managed a community learning centre with over 200 students
Wrote annual reports on the progress of the national strategy
Published articles in professional and trade journals
Wrote ministerial briefings and speeches for policy launches and other events
Co-ordinated educational research projects, including European-funded activity
Researched and wrote case studies in adult learning


Adult literacy and numeracy, article in Scottish Banker Magazine, Oct-Nov 2006
Numeracy and ICT, article in the Numeracy Briefing, Feb 2008
CharmWorks and BEADazzled (social enterprise adult numeracy projects), article in the Numeracy Briefing, Nov 2010
What really counts: Case studies of adult numeracy practice in Ireland, research report with Tina Byrne for the National Adult Literacy Agency, 2013
What really counts
next: Action learning project with numeracy tutors research report with Tina Byrne for the National Adult Literacy Agency, 2014
Numeracy into action: Putting numeracy research into practice, article with Tina Byrne in the Adult Learner Journal, 2015
Brushing Up: a maths workbook, for the National Adult Literacy Agency, 2015
Action learning with Irish Numeracy Tutors, in RAPAL Journal ed. 89, with others, July 2016