Before becoming a lecturer in physical education, She was a secondary school teacher of physical education and then a teaching fellow at the University of Edinburgh. She has a keen interest in team sports, having previously been a field hockey player and coach at both clubs (national) level and district level. Indeed, her earlier research projects and my Ph.D. focussed on teaching and performance in team games such as hockey, soccer, and rugby. She investigated the ways in which decisions are made during play and how teachers or coaches might facilitate the development of decision-making skills in their players.

Since completion of my Ph.D. in 2008, her research has taken a slight shift in direction in an attempt to understand the relationship between curriculum and pedagogy. In very broad terms her research attempts to understand how teachers engage understand and enact curriculum policy, and how they might be supported in their learning to provide their students with positive learning experiences in physical education.