Throughout my 11-year career as a researcher and policy advisor I conducted and managed a wide variety of research projects, delivered countless presentations and wrote a range of reports for both policy makers and practitioners. Prior to this I obtained a first class degree in Psychology, followed by a MPhil in Criminology from Cambridge University. During my full time government career I also embarked on a part-time PhD in forensic psychology. Late last year I jumped at the opportunity of voluntary redundancy from central government to complete my PhD. I have recently submitted this and am now embarking on an academic career in lecturing and research. I am committed to both my own and others development and look forward to applying my skills and experience to help others succeed.