Barbara was the Director of a family business based in Oldham for 30 years until its sale in 2013.
Barbara began her career in Higher Education in Oldham in 1997 being one of the first group of lecturers to be employed by Oldham Business Management School based at Oldham Business Centre. Her focus is post graduate, mature students. Here she was Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the University of Hull, Masters in Business Administration from 2000 until 2005, when OBMS was transferred to the University of Huddersfield and became UCO. From 2005 until 2014 she continued to be the course leader for the MBA at UCO. She in now Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Business Management. As well as a BA (Hons) Business Management, Barbara also has an MA (HRM); Grad CIPD and PGCE. As well as academic qualifications Barbara is also a Chartered Fellow of CMI and a Fellow of CIPD as well as FHEA. She is currently undertaking he PHD in Social Enterprise.