Personal profile


  • 2000: Honours degree in Optometry (First Class), Aston University
  • 2005: PhD in Ocular Nutrition, Aston University
  • 2017: Masters in Education
  • 2018: ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching & Mentoring
  • 2019: Principal Fellowship of Advance HE

Teaching Activity

  • I have led a range of clinical modules on Optometry Programmes
  • I am Programme Director for the BSc Optometry & Clinical Practice collaborative programme with Parkway College in Singapore
  • I have held a number of administrative roles including International Tutor and Admissions Tutor.
  • My teaching has been informed by clinical optometric education research

Research Interests

My research portfolio is broadly based around the role of nutrition in ocular disease, but has included the development and evaluation of ophthalmic instrumentation, clinical trials, the development of hand-held technologies for people with low vision, and investigations of the psychology of nutritional behaviour. This range of research has been made possible through my collaborations with engineers, computer scientists, clinicians and health psychologists, and is linked by the aim to impact on the lives of those people living with ocular diseases.

  • Ocular nutrition
  • Low vision
  • Macular pigment
  • Ophthalmic instrumentation
  • Ocular physiology
  • Clinical education


  • I have been Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Inclusion since 2019.
  • I oversee Athena Swan (gender equality) activity across the institution and am actively supporting Aston’s first Race Equality Charter submission. I led Aston’s successful silver Athena Swan submission in 2018.
  • I co-founded Inspiring Women at Aston and lead a range of working groups tackling issue around the pay gap, inclusive recruitment, supporting disabled staff and students, supporting Black staff and students, and decolonising the curriculum. I Chair Aston’s Diversity & Inclusion committee.
  • I developed Aston’s first diversity and inclusion strategy, Inclusive Aston, which provides a clear framework for Astons’ commitment to continual review of diversity and inclusion issues, alongside impactful interventions, and measurable outputs.


  • Experienced at writing and reviewing Equality Charter applications, I support universities in the UK, Southeast Asia and Brazil in understanding their equality data and using this to develop effective action plans for change.
  • I have developed a practical framework for embedding inclusion that forms the basis for meaningful change and can be applied to any kind of organisation.
  • Through consultancy, I provide practical and data driven support towards inclusive organisations of any size. 

Contact Details

Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4182    

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality


  • RE Ophthalmology


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