Career Summary

2016 - Present - Pearson Education UK
Subject Lead for Construction, Art, Design & Media

Responsible for the development and support of Higher Nationals qualifications in specific sectors. Managing a team of writers through the qualification development process and supporting colleges to implement and quality assure their programmes. Working with global sales teams to promote qualifications. Developing and delivery of training programmes to support universities and FE colleges delivering Higher Nationals.

Key Responsibilities
  • Researching market potential for new qualifications
  • Liaising with professional bodies, universities, colleges and employers
  • Providing development leadership for new qualifications
  • Recruiting and managing teams of writers and consultants to support development of qualifications
  • Managing budgets for qualification development and support
  • Providing support to clients; including training, curriculum development, implementation and quality assurance
  • Developing new customers, in collaboration with global sales teams
  • Strategic planning for learning and teaching resources, to diversify income generation
  • Advising digital teams on the development of online programmes and information delivery
  • Liaison with other parts of business to ensure strategic alignment of goals and operational effectiveness
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of apprenticeships related to qualification areas
  • Organising events to promote business and qualification products
Key Achievements
  • Re-development and roll-out of qualifications in art & design, media, construction, quantity surveying
  • Developing new business relationships, resulting in the commissioning of two new qualifications.
  • Developed bespoke qualifications for employers, colleges and universities
  • Development and promotion of new holistic approaches to assignment writing and assessment.
  • Designed and implemented new processes, resulting in more effective development and tracking of qualification projects.
  • Expanded professional recognitions for qualifications
  • Developed new approach to textbooks ('Unit Study Guides') to support students and increase income potential
2008 - Present - Various
External Examiner

University of Hertfordshire - MA Architecture (2019 - present)

University of Lincoln (2008 - 2017) - BA (Honours) Design for Exhibitions & Museums, MA Design for Exhibitions & Museums

University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury (2011 - 2014) - BA (Honours) Architecture, MA Architecture

University of Hertfordshire (2008 - 2013) - BA (Honours) Interior Design with Marketing, BA (Honours) Interior Architecture

Key Responsibilities
  • Responsible for review of assessment processes and results
  • Ensuring adherence to university quality assurance policies and procedures
  • Meeting with students and staff, reviewing student work (in relation to assessment decisions) in order to ensure student experience and parity of assessment
  • Advising on external validation and review processes
  • Providing annual reporting on external examining results
  • Advise programme and university on areas of good practice and areas for improvement
Key Achievements
  • Supporting University of Lincoln programmes through revalidation and staffing changes.
  • Providing advice and support to Hong Kong Design Institute in their roll-out of University of Lincoln franchise programme.
  • Supporting University of Hertfordshire through revalidation of programme and staff recruitment.
  • Provided advice and support to University of the Creative Arts on preparing for RIBA Validation renewal visit.
  • Advised University of Hertfordshire on development of architecture programme and application for Architects Registration Board accreditation.
2005 - 2008 - Centre for Learning & Teaching in Art & Design (CLTAD), University of the Arts London
Tutor/Course Leader

Initially working as a tutor, and later as Course Leader on the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching programme. In this role, I was responsible for the development, staffing, delivery, assessment and quality assurance of the ‘residential’ programme. This was a PgCertHE programme offered for staff at UAL as well as Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Norfolk and the Royal College of Art.

Key Responsibilities
  • Development, delivery, assessment and quality assurance of a postgraduate programme in pedagogy; specialising in art & design education.
  • Appointment of tutors
  • Organising ‘residential mode’ programmes for Glasgow School of Art, and Edinburgh College of Arts
Key Achievements
  • Took over programme leadership and recruited new staff team, while also leading undergraduate architecture programme.
  • Supported CLTAD in expanding delivering of programme beyond UAL; led in developing ‘residential’ programme for Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art.
  • Developed and delivered bespoke pedagogy programme for Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado School of Art and Design (Sao Paolo, Brazil)
2004 - 2016 - Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
Course Leader BA (Honours) Architecture

Academic leadership and management of undergraduate architecture programme, and development of postgraduate programme. Led a team of full-time and hourly-paid staff in the development and delivery of professionally recognised architecture course. Member of college senior management team and member of various cross-university committees.

Key Responsibilities
  • Academic leadership; including responsibility for assessment, programme design and quality assurance.
  • Recruitment and management of programme staff; both full-time and hourly-paid.
  • Management of staffing and consumables budgets.
  • Management of student support and liaison with university support teams.
  • Development of ‘third stream’ income opportunities; including full-cost training programmes, commercial projects and industry partnerships
  • PhD supervision; with two candidate completions.
  • Overview of assessment processes and results; including Assessment Boards.
  • Annual staff appraisal and development.
  • Marketing, promotion and student recruitment.
  • Liaison with industry professional bodies (Royal Institute of British Architects, Architects Registration Board)
  • Development of research projects and support for staff research.
  • Membership in College Learning & Teaching Committee, Board of Studies, Senior Management Team, University Validations Sub-committee
Key Achievements
  • Achieved initial professional validation for architecture programme with RIBA and ARB (2009), as well renewal (2014).
  • Developed postgraduate architecture programme and achieved professional validation (2015).
  • Developed international relationship with Universitat Politècnica de València; resulting in projects and publications.
  • Guided programme through change process; including changes to staffing, course revalidation and move to new building.
  • Increased student numbers by 300% over 5 years
  • Improved Student Satisfaction by more than 40%, achieving 87% overall NSS score.
  • Member of university and college panels for QAA audits.
  • Developed highly successful mentoring programme with RIBA London.
  • Completed three funded research projects.
  • Acted as Institutional Link Liaison for validation of external programmes at Ravensbourne College of Art & Design (now Ravensbourne University)
  • Acted as Programme Director, supporting the development of the Spatial Practices Programme and Spatial Practices Research Group.
2002 - Present - Makstutis Architecture & Design (MAAD)

Setup own architecture and design practice, specialising in residential and commercial projects along with digital development consultancy. Following 2004, and appointment to Central Saint Martins, the practice has been part-time.

Key Responsibilities
  • Client development and liaison
  • Project management
  • Site management of construction projects
  • Business marketing and promotion
  • Research and development for digital consultancy projects
  • Liaison with professional consultants for architectural projects
  • Financial planning and management
  • Project budget management and reporting
  • Post-project support
Key Achievements
  • Practice established and operational within short time period, in order to service first clients
  • Successful completion of numerous architectural projects, with budgets ranging from £100,000 to £5,000,000.
  • Major digital consultancy project for BRE, building on research started at Central Saint Martins.
1996 - 2002 - 51% Studios, London

Setup practice with colleagues, offering architecture and design services; specialising in residential and commercial projects. Responsible for all aspects of client-based projects and management of office IT infrastructure.

Key Responsibilities
  • New business development
  • Client development and liaison
  • Design
  • Project management
  • Site management of construction projects
  • Liaison with professional consultants for architectural projects
  • Project budget management and reporting
  • Post-project support
Key Achievements
  • Projects features in “New Architects 2” (Merrell Publishers) and “How to Spend It” (Financial Times)
  • Successful completion of numerous architectural projects, with budgets ranging from £50,000 to £1,000,000.
  • Practice featured in RIBA ‘[Futures] City’ exhibition (1999)
1995 - 1998 - Architectural Association School of Architecture, London
Tutor/Unit Master

Initially working as tutor, delivering digital technology courses, I later became a Co-Unit Master developing and delivering undergraduate and postgraduate architectural design curriculum.

Key Responsibilities
  • Development and delivery of curriculum and assessment
  • Presentation of student work to external examiners and RIBA examiners
  • Organising and managing student trips
Key Achievements
  • Successful collaborative projects with University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Supported in the re-design of the studio to move from ‘intermediate school’ (undergraduate) to ‘diploma school’ (postgraduate)