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