Shân joined the University of Northampton as Deputy Vice Chancellor in November 2019, and leads the academic side of the university. She grew up in Swansea, attended a large comprehensive school and studied English Literature and Language at the University of Oxford, followed by a Masters in Linguistics and a PhD in Gender and Communication at the University of Strathclyde. She’s passionate about teaching and education, holds a National Teaching Fellowship, a postgraduate diploma in Higher Education Studies from the UCL Institute of Education and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has been in university leadership for over 20 years, and has developed Education Strategies in five universities. Her roles have involved designing and delivering academic staff development, leading digitally enabled whole institution organisational change, converting face to face programmes to online distance learning, restructuring IT and HR departments, and redesigning policies and practices in assessment, student complaints and timetabling.

Shân is a regularly invited speaker for conferences and policy think tanks, particularly in the areas of digital transformation, gender and leadership, equality, diversity and inclusivity, and university strategy. She enjoys contributing to national debates via blogging; two of her blogs have won national awards. She lives in South West London with her husband and her three school-age children.