High school ended at 16 and for the next 7 years I worked in the fashion industry in various countries. At 23 I moved to India, where I lived on a small development project in Andhra Pradesh, followed by a number of years working with charitable and campaigning organisations back in the UK. In 1997 I completed a degree at the London School of Economics, and then worked with Anthony Giddens, Director of the LSE, as part of the top management team.
After a year in Chicago I returned to work with the President of Warwick University.
Research and Experience
Based on my experience working with two university leaders, I started a PhD at Warwick Business School in 2004. My research was published into a monograph by Princeton University Press – Socrates in the Boardroom: Why Research Universities Should be Led by Top Scholars.
I have been an ESRC post-doctoral fellow, a Leverhulme fellow, and worked in Germany for two years as a senior researcher at IZA Institute of Labor Economics in Bonn. In 2012, I joined Bayes Business School in the Faculty of Management.
I have held visiting research positions at Cornell University, University of Zurich, and Yale University.
I will be on sabbatical in Denmark and the Netherlands in January 2023.
I am married to economist Andrew Oswald and live between London and South Wales, in beautiful Pembrokeshire. I am a committed environmentalist, an ambassador for ‘Save Wild Tigers’, and a founder, with Jacki Sime, of the Pembrokeshire Seal Research Trust to be established in 2022.