I have organised several events promoting social innovation and was part of the organisational team launching a special research conference – Social Frontiers: The Next Edge of Social Innovation Research at GCU’s London Campus in November 2013.
I am a member of the board of directors of the Melting Pot, a social innovation incubator in Edinburgh and also a member of the Social Innovation Exchange Global Council. I also play a number of advisory roles on European funding outside the University, including chair of the Universities UK Europe Network and an Erasmus+ advisory panel member.
Previously I lived and worked in Spain for over fifteen years, working as a translator, university lecturer, newspaper columnist, theatre director and head of EU programmes at the University of Salamanca. As a result, I am a fluent Spanish speaker.
In my “second life” I am also an avid writer. I have written and directed over twenty plays and completed two as yet unpublished - and one unpublishable – novels. I have just completed a Masters in TV Scriptwriting with a distinction.