Present position is Head of Regulation at the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland. Previously was Senior Professional Officer with the Northern Ireland Curriculum Council (NICC). Began career as a science teacher and, from 1976 to 1984, was Head of Chemistry in Ballyclare High School, County Antrim. Is a past National Chair of the Association for Science Education (ASE). Awarded MBE in 2012 for services to education in Northern Ireland.
Current areas of responsibility within CCEA include the regulation of all qualifications taken by learners in Northern Ireland. In addition, has responsibility within CCEA for developing advice to the Department of Education (DE) and the Department for the Economy (DfE) on all matters to do with qualifications/curriculum development, including qualifications in support of the Apprenticeship and Traineeship programmes in Northern Ireland.