I studied psychology at Queens University Belfast, followed by a Masters in occupational psychology.

I graduated in 2000, and it was then a case of looking for a graduate placement and, to my surprise, it was great timing because employers were really beginning to open themselves up to the influence of occupational psychology, so my choice of subject proved well-founded.

Even though psychology was, and still is, a specialism within HR, there was definitely an awakening to the potential value that behavioural science could bring, especially to organisations undergoing significant change or transformation.

My first full-time job was at KPMG, as a graduate consultant in their Management Consulting team in Northern Ireland, where I spent a year and a half working on a range of things including; designing management and leadership training programmes.

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