School of Sport and Health Sciences
Greenbank Building, GR159
+44 (0) 1772 89 4625
Educational and Professional Background
1991 Degree: BA (Sp.Hons.) Sport and Recreation Studies, University of Birmingham
1993 MA Leisure Studies, Dalhousie University, Canada
1998 PhD (Management Development Programmes using the Outdoors) University of Birmingham)
2001 PGCE (F.E. & H.E.), Crewe & Alsager, MMU
Ibbetson, A., Watson, B. & Ferguson, M. (Eds.) (2003) Sport, Leisure and Social Inclusion, Publication No. 82, Eastbourne: Leisure Studies Association.
Current Research Projects
Currently coordinating an external research project for Sports England evaluating the National Coaching Agency Pilot Project (£25,000).
Completed Research Projects (Since 2001, Starting With The Most Recent)
Contract research for FA into Child Protection issues on behalf of Celia Brackenridge ltd. (£15,000)
Urban Regeneration HEFCE Project – Developing the employability of coaches (£55,000 in partnership with Salford University)
Sport England £25,000
FA Research Project £15,000
HEFCE Urban Regeneration project £55,000
Research Degree Supervision
Don Cock (awarded 2007) ‘Development of REFERQUAL; an Instrument for Evaluating Service Quality in GP Exercise Referral Schemes’.
Ashley Hardwell (awarded 2007) ‘Core Value Fragmentation in UK Rock Climbers’
Sports policy and development relating to participation and performance
Outdoor management development
2008 - HE Academic Advisor for Sport for NW Universities Association 2012 Sports Volunteerism project
2007 - HE Representative for NW Sport and Active Leisure Skills and Productivity Alliance
2007 - External Examiner, University of Sunderland, Sports Development degree programme.
2007 - UCLan NW Universities Association London 2012 Olympic Representative
2007 - Sport England NW Coaching Steering Group member
2008 - External Examiner, University of Sunderland for Sport and Exercise Development degree programmes.
2008 - External Validation Panel Member for degree in Adventure Tourism, Lochaber College, University of the Highlands and Islands.
2006 - External Panel Member for Periodic Course Review, Applied Sports Management Programmes, Bournemouth University.
2007 - Preston Cultural Forum Group member
2006 - 2007 Preston Strategic Partnership Culture Thematic Working Group member
2006 - Chair of the Sport and Physical Activity Alliance for Preston
2005 - Member of the Cumbria Sport Review Steering Group
2005 - External Validation Panel Member for Outdoor Recreation Management Foundation Degree at Skipton College, through University of Bolton.
2003 - 2007 External Examiner, University of Derby, for the Sport Studies HND/Degree programmes.
2003 - 2007 External Examiner, Salford University for the Sport and Leisure Management HND/Degree programmes.
2003 - External Panel Member for Quinquennial Review of Sports Science/Studies programmes at the University of Sunderland.
2002 - External Validation Panel Member for degrees in Sports Development, Sport & Leisure Management and Sports Science & Coaching, Bolton Institute of Higher Education.