I am an independent consultant in the Arts, New Media and eLearning and Editorial Review Board Member at IGI Global.
Past professional positions include Head of Art and Design at Willingsworth High School in Tipton,
LEA Advisory Teacher for Art and ICT at the Sandwell Microtechnology Unit, Senior Lecturer in Art and Design at Birmingham School of Art, and United Kingdom, Representative in the Virtual School Art Department, European Schoolnet and e-Learning Platform consultant for UniServity.
My research interests encompass multi-site intermedia practice, digital inclusion methodologies, intercultural representation and social networking. I have designed and coordinated new media projects in the United Kingdom, Brazil, Holland, Portugal and Finland and co-produced publications including IT Works in Schools, Electric Studio, Cultural Identity, Digital Media and Art and A Critical Context: Art and Design Education on the Edge.
In addition I have presented papers
to UNESCO in Russia, the InSEA World Conference in New York and designed and implemented international workshops in Holland, Portugal, Brazil and Finland.
As a computer artist my website develops the dialogue between the analogue, digital and
interdisciplinary components of art and media. When the current publication is released on Wholearthmedia, my next project will focus on site specific embedded
technologies in a collaborative
My current role is a Senior eLearning Special Designer working for the City of Helsinki (Finland) Childhood and Education Department, where my responsibilities include developing an 'Open Badge System' to support teachers professional development, learning management and evaluation systems. I am an expert in the fields of professional development, evaluation, media education & pedagogy and art education. Past positions include Project Director for the National Development Center for Online Youth Work (Verke) in the City of Helsinki and the Ministry of Education and Culture (Finland).
In addition I have been a Researcher at the University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH, an Aalto University doctoral candidate, a member of the Cumulus Art Education Working Group, an InSEA Finland board member and a UIAH Virtual University steering group member. My areas of expertise include Media Education (media pedagogy), Art Education, Open Web Based Learning, ICT Supported Pedagogy, Online & Distance Education, learning and training at UIAH and the Open University.
On an International level I have worked as Coordinator for the Art Department in the European Schoolnet Virtual School Project (1999-2005) and as an elected Steering Committee Member in the European Union Prometheus Initiative. Since 1999 I have gained experience in supporting international projects in Europe and South America including designing and coordinating Etwinning online projects and documenting this research in academic papers and publications. I am currently working on my doctoral thesis on Curriculum Development, New Media and eLearning at Aalto University.
I am a consultant in the arts and a painter. As a Professor and former Head of School, Art and Design Education at Birmingham School of Art I held a number of responsibilities and frequently represented the interests of the subject at national and international level.
In earlier professional roles I taught in state and independent secondary schools over a period of sixteen years (Art teacher, Head of Art and Design, Head of Arts Faculty and Head of Art in a VI form college). After a short period as an advisory teacher in a London borough I moved to the university post in Birmingham. Here I continued a personal interpretation of Artists-in-Residence for BA students across Fine Art and the range of Design disciplines. This was in conjunction with a Senior Lecturing post in Specialist Postgraduate, Initial Teacher Training (ITT). Moving to the role of ITT Course Director I led a group towards a major national reputation (largest specialist training provision in the UK). Pioneering European exchange initiatives and the recognition from Her Majesties Inspectorate (HMI) and the Royal Society (FRSA fellowship) led to research bursaries and subsequently a promotion to Head of School and a professorship.
My research is wide ranging and reflects a strong personal interest in art education. Mindful of the pressures on the subject the work frequently points to the difficulties of reconciling creativity in a continuing climate of reductionism and compliance.
As a practising artist I have a studio and small gallery space in France.