I am Professor of Applied Linguistics and currently Head of English Language in the School of Languages and Social Sciences. I am also Assistant Director of Aston’s Research Centre for Interdisciplinary research in Language and Diversity (InterLAND), which brings together colleagues in applied linguistics, social sciences and business studies.
My current research focus is on the relationship between language, gender and leadership in educational, business and professional contexts. My recent research has been based on an ESRC research project entitled ‘Leadership Talk and Gender in Senior Management Business Meetings in the UK’, which ran from January 2010 until May 2012. I have published three monographs including, The Language of Female Leadership (2010), with Palgrave Macmillan, well received by scholars and practitioners alike.