Andrea was born in Northern Ireland, her career has spanned various industries at locations across the UK before moving into Education, and she now lives in Sheffield. This 20-year experience spanned companies in the Mobile Phone, Beer, Banking, TV, Equipment Hire and Social Care industries, developing skills in Sales and Marketing, Training, Leadership, Management Development and Organisational Development and Human Resources.
Andrea is currently Associate Dean (Education) at University of Sheffield Management School. She leads on the educational strategy and planning and is a member of the School’s executive team. Her role formulates the management educational strategies, growth of programmes, leading on quality, governance and setting of standards, student learning, engagement and employability strategies. She contributes to the Faculty of Social Sciences Learning and Teaching strategy through committees and participates in multiple University steering groups for student engagement, teaching space and Learning and Teaching professional recognition scheme.
Andrea is a diverse and experienced business manager and leader. Her long experience in the commercial sector has been gained at both operational and strategic levels. Andrea has held previous governor roles at both primary and secondary age groups and was Chair of one of these for 5 years.
Andrea has an active interest in the development and approaches to teaching that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn. She is passionate, dedicated and enthusiastic, about her students, their success and achievements.
Andrea has been recognised for this by being awarded a Senate Award for her contribution to innovation and her significant contribution to the University of Sheffield and to students. She has also been awarded the Jane Ryland Fellowship by Educause in recognition of the importance technology plays in educational programmes.
Andrea has also partnered with University of Primorska, Slovenia, as a visiting professor working with students and faculty on Management Education and Leadership.