I grew up a few miles from the centre of Manchester, attending a Church of England parish church for much of my youth. I studied Modern Languages at the University of Salford and began a teaching career by taking a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education at Hopwood Hall, then a Roman Catholic college of the University of Manchester. My time there piqued my interest in theology, an interest I pursued by taking a Higher Education Certificate in Biblical Studies by distance learning from London Bible College.
My first MA was in Adult Learning and was again studied by distance, this time with the Open University. I became a Reader in the Church of England the same year that I graduated - 1994.
More recently I gained an MA in Mission and Ministry, studying a modular pathway with St John's Nottingham, and subsequently was ordained.
My professional role brings together my two MAs rather neatly - I am Director of Studies for Readers in the Diocese of Chester. In order to further develop that work, I am currently working toward a professional doctorate researching women's preaching.
I am a member of the editorial board of The Preacher magazine, for which I regularly write, and am Reviews and Resources Editor.