I was invited by Drama Australia and Drama New Zealand to give a presentation and workshop at their ‘Gamechanger’ Conference in July 2015. I enjoyed every minute of it. It was a great conference, with some inspirational people presenting. I spoke about ‘Drama as Embodied Cognition’ and gave a drama/theatre practical workshop to exemplify this. I also was on an international panel, considering the position of Drama in different countries in the world. I was also on a Keynote Panel that was played as a game, based on the film, ‘Labyrinth’. We set out on an imaginary journey, describing and sharing our ‘weaponry’, as we continue to fight across the world for drama’s rightful place in the curriculum.
I am owner of 'Inspiring Professional Development and School Improvement'. Prior to this, I was President of the International Drama Theatre and Education Association (IDEA) from 2010-13 and was Chair of National Drama (UK's leading professional association of Drama Teachers and Theatre Educators) for more than a decade (until November 2014). I was a Local Authority Arts Adviser for 11 years (from 2000) and a School Improvement Partner and Ofsted Inspector concurrently. I also led a successful local authority Music Service through change, from 2000 to 2002. I am a professional writer and was a BBC Education Series Consultant and Scriptwriter. I also have published several books for teachers on teaching across the curriculum using 'Drama for Learning'. I currently work internationally and in the UK, where I am the owner of 'Inspiring Professional Development and School Improvement', providing courses and conferences for schools on many subjects and issues. I also continue to develop and deliver my own drama courses in schools across the UK and abroad, as well as being an invited lecturer at several universities.