I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in Politics and Modern History before undertaking my secondary school teaching qualification (PGCE) in Modern Studies and History at Heriot-Watt University. I became a qualified teacher of the deaf by completing my Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education (Deaf) at the University of Birmingham. With the introduction of new-born hearing screening in Scotland, I undertook a Postgraduate Certificate, Deaf Children and Families (birth-two) at the University of Manchester. I was awarded Chartered Teacher status for my work on ICT, literacy and inclusive practice. I completed an MSc. in Educational Audiology. I worked full-time as the Educational Audiology Manager for Fife’s Deaf Support Service when I began a PhD on the impact of dynamic soundfield on raising attainment and closing the attainment gap with young mainstream learners.
I Chaired the Early Years group at the Scottish Sensory Centre which developed the Scottish Standards for Deaf Children (0 – 3) Families and Professionals Working Together to Improve Services (SSC, 2011) and Positive Play for Everyday Play DVD. I was also invited to join the National Under Three Advisory Group which updated the Scottish Early Years Framework – Pre-Birth to Three: Positive Outcomes for Scotland’s Children and Families. I was part of the audiology quality improvement group that implemented the Paediatric Quality Standards in Audiology Services across NHS services in Scotland. Most recently I joined the Scottish Government’s Records of Deaf Children group that developed a national protocol for collecting and analysing data on the number of deaf young people held by the NHS and local authorities. I am also a member of the Hearing Impairment Network for Children and Young People, a new National Managed Clinical Network which was established in April 2019 as part of NHS National Services Division Scotland.