I have a first class honours degree from Newcastle and a PhD from Manchester. I worked for Beecham’s Research Laboratories for one year, and Marconi Space and Defence for two years, before joining the University of Manchester in 1981. Up until 2000, I was statistician at the Hester Adrian Research Centre (HARC), in the School of Education. HARC was a Centre dedicated to research for people with learning disabilities, and whilst there I developed strong links with other units in Education, including Special Education and the Centre for Human Communication and Deafness, and developed a number of collaborative projects on services for Deaf people, and on children with speech and language difficulties. I am the author of HARCLAG and HARCREL software packages, still used at a number of Universities for analysing real-time observational data. I am also an author of the ACE 6-11 language assessment tool, published by NFER-NELSON, used widely in the Speech and Language community for evaluating language delay in children. My research into the difficulties Deaf people have accessing health care won an award for patient involvement and helped inform the Disability Commission’s strategy for improving access.
I moved to NPCRDC in 2000 and became leader of the statistic team in 2004. I head a team of five statisticians who provide support to all NPCRDC research projects and to post-graduate students in the Centre.