About the faculty
Undergraduate Programme Leader for Tourism and Events
International Director for the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Please describe your role in a few sentences.
I am the Undergraduate Programme Leader for Tourism. I am also the International Director for the Faculty of the Built Environment and develop partnerships with universities around the world. I help to create study abroad experiences for our students, work with our international office and admissions staff to attract international students onto our programmes and support international research collaborations.
What is your area of academic interest?
I am interested in tourism and events policy and planning – particularly how people make policies, who they work with, how they negotiate, and who wins/loses in those negotiations. My current research project considers the role of cultural events in urban regeneration, and is based in and around the Olympic Park.
Please tell us a bit about the courses that you are involved in?
We run undergraduate courses in Tourism Planning and Management, Tourism and Event Management, Tourism with Business and Tourism Management (top-up). We get excellent feedback from students about our teaching and student support. Our team has a wide range of academic, research and employment expertise. We are industry engaged and really work to develop the employability of our graduates.
What was your first job?
My first ‘grown-up’ job was as a planner for the Department of Environment in Sydney, Australia. I learned how to work in a team, how to network and how to think on my feet.
Where did you work before coming to Westminster?
Before I came here full-time to teach on the tourism courses, I spent half a week working as a town planner in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and half a week lecturing town planning.
What has been the highlight of your career to date?
There are lots of highlights – many associated with the pleasure of teaching people and watching them go on to develop rewarding careers. On a personal level my biggest achievement is my mid-life PhD! I studied for this while working full-time at Westminster.
What advice would you give to students during their studies and after graduation?
Develop work-related experience during your studies. Work and volunteering experiences look great on your CV and also help you to work out what you want to do and what sort of organisation you want to work for. It is never too early to start to develop networks with employers – attend career events, come to some of our evening lectures. Also, manage your online profile and make sure that it looks professional.
What advice would you give students considering studying this subject?
There are lots of exciting jobs in tourism and events which require people with drive and passion. Do your research – visit universities, talk to lecturers and employers. Consider a year out, or working part-time during your A Levels to develop some different work experience in the field.
Don’t choose any course unless it is what you want to do. To get the most from a tourism or events degree, you will need to be motivated and be prepared to work hard.
What are your interests/leisure activities?
Yoga, sailing and travelling.