So who am I?

I am a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology as well as the research lead for Sport, Health and Exercise at the University of Hertfordshire.  I have moved around a lot with my studies and work.  Before UH, I worked at the University of East London from 2010-2015 as a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology. Prior to that, from 2007 – 2010 I was a Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire, teaching on the Sport Science degree programmes.

In addition to teaching I used to compete internationally at Epee Fencing (retiring in 2016), having competed for England at the Fencing Commonwealth Championships in 2010 and won a bronze medal at the 2014 championships.  I also volunteer with British Fencing and I am the assistant National Epee Manager, along with being a team manager for the junior Women’s Epee team. In addition I am the Co- Team Manager for the Senior England fencing team.

Having given up the fencing in 2016, I am now enjoying playing a greater variety of sports such as hockey and squash. As with a lot of exercise physiologists, I have a love of sport.

Gaining an understanding of who I am, will help you understand some of my research interests. I have done an extensive amount of research in to fencing performance.  I have recently started conducting research in to exercise in Crohn’s disease patients.  This is a disease I have suffered myself with for over 23 years and is an area of research I am keen to explore to help improve patients quality of life.