My professional career started in education progressing to senior academic management positions. This included teaching, research, third stream and consultancy work involving collaborative and international programme development. I have been a Project Management and Education Consultant since 2011 alongside work on event management and social enterprise activities.
I studied at the University of Plymouth and gained a B.Sc. (Hons) in Computing & Informatics and completed a Ph.D. on 'Reinforcement Learning in Intelligent Control: A Biologically-Inspired Approach to the Relearning Problem'. I am a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS) and a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Registered Project Professional (RPP) and a Member of the Association for Project Management (MAPM), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
I held senior academic leadership positions at the University of Northampton and the University of East London before becoming Head of Department: Business & Computing at the University of Wales, Newport now the University of South Wales (USW). I now focus on being the Creative Director and 'Edupreneur' for DBT Enterprises Ltd undertaking primarily consultancy work, and occasional Visiting Lecturer work when invited. I am a Director at the social enterprise Trinity Childcare and Family Centre based in Aberfan.
I have been actively involved in the development of the project management profession working with the Association for Project Management (APM). I am currently a Registered Project Professional (RPP) Verifier and an Assessor, and was Lead Verifier from July 2011 to June 2014 working with other verifiers and assessors to assure and enhance the quality of the RPP designation. I am a former Chair of the APM Education Network Advisory Group (ENAG) that is now the APM Education Network, and I continue to work on educational initiatives.
From 2007-2013, I was on the committee of the BCS Project Management Specialist Group (PROMS-G) including as Regional Coordinator for Wales and Event Development Manager. I also helped establish and coordinated the PROMS-G social media channels e.g. the LinkedIn group and the 'Project Eye' blog.
I am politically active in the South Wales area, for more details please see my 'Politics' page.
My other interests include football, tennis, adventure and heritage travel, creative industries and film, darts, wine tourism, and sporting mega-events such as the Ryder Cup, Rugby World Cup, Summer and Winter Olympics, Football World Cup and European Football Championships.
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