About me

Hi, I’ Susan. I’m an HR professional and PhD researcher based in Scotland, UK.

Since leaving university at the age of 22, I have been lucky to have had a fulfilling career. Learning and development has always been important to me. Both for myself and encouraging others to develop their potential.

In the Autumn of 2020 I decided to take the courageous step of resigning from my full time career so that I can immerse myself fully in this PhD project. Why did I take this step?

I want to think that my research can help other people; especially young people and women whose education and career opportunities are being particularly impacted by the effects of coronavirus measures. One of the impacts in that the majority of office workers are now working from home. Due to advances in technology we CAN work from home, but are we flourishing? This is at the heart of my research and I am excited to discover the answer.


  • MSc Mindfulness (University of Aberdeen)
  • ILM Level 7 Executive Coaching and Mentoring
  • Certificate in Counselling
  • Post Graduate Diploma in HR Management & Employment Law
  • Certificate in Training Practice
  • B.A. in Institutional Administration


  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers & Commerce (RSA)

My career

  • People and Organisation Development Manager, The Oil & Gas Technology Centre
    (2018 – 2020)
  • Employee Engagement Director, Wood
    (2010- 2018)
  • Strategic Change Manager, NHS Grampian
    (2009 – 2010)
  • Talent Management Specialist, Subsea7
    (2006 – 2009)
  • Lecturer / Commercial Development Manager, North East Scotland College (2003 – 2006)
  • HRD Advisor, Scottish Enterprise (1999 – 2003)