Kathy is a senior lecturer in law at the University of the West of England. Her decision to study law emanated from her study of Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ at the age of 14 and the failure of the (American) legal system to exercise equality for all, leading to injustice. Her legal interests have always centred around equality.
Her doctoral research considered the socio-legal impact of the interplay between the well-established law relating to special educational needs in schools and the introduction of disability law to all educational settings and the impact of this on the provision of school education. Kathy is an award-winning university teacher and this is based on her commitment to providing an inclusive educational experience both inside and outside of the classroom.
She has three adult children who she describes as very different. The experience of her youngest who failed to thrive and was unhappy in his primary school provided her with a practical focus for her ideology of the need for schools to find the talent and gift in every child; he is now a graduate of music from the University of London. Kathy volunteers as a selector for VSO and as a coach with high impact families in North Somerset. She is a member of the Education Steering Group of a UK charity called Justice Defenders, which provides legal education to prisoners in East Africa. She also works for them as an expert volunteer. Kathy’s main passion is outdoor swimming and is a happy ‘Sugar Loafer’ – a Bristol Channel swimmer from where she lives in Portishead.