Conference Committee

Discover more about the people that make up our steering and working groups. If you are a practitioner in the Learning Development community and would like the opportunity to become actively involved in ALDinHE’s work through a variety of new and established Working Groups, please contact admin@aldinhe.ac.uk for more information.

Helena Beeson

Helena Beeson

Helena Beeson started working as a Learning Development tutor in 2011 at the University of Northampton but has worked in roles across Library and Learning Services for several years before this. Helena joined both the LearnHigher and Conference Working groups in 2019 in order to gain new perspectives on the profession and share her wealth of experience. She is an ALDinHE Certified Practitioner, a Fellow of the HEA with a MA in Modern English and Linguistics. Her current research interests include collaboration with faculty tutors and groupwork.

Carina Buckley

Carina Buckley

ALDinHE Treasurer

Carina joined the Steering Group in 2012 and was Co-Chair 2015 - 2021. She came into learning development almost by accident after gaining a PhD in Archaeology in 2006, and is currently Instructional Design Manager at Solent University, responsible for leading on the development of the VLE as a student-centred learning space. Her research interests focus on collaboration and community in LD, and how these impact and are impacted by our professional identities, particularly in terms of emotion and imposter syndrome. She is an Advance HE Principal Fellow and a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development.

Kate Coulson

Kate Coulson

ALDinHE Secretary

Kate has been a member of the Steering Group since 2019. Her background is in corporate/commercial information and worked in the City of London before realising that education is far more interesting! Kate is currently Head of Learning Development at the University of Northampton. She is particularly interested in the impact of Learning Development upon students and is passionate about the importance of LD advocacy to ensure that our work is understood and valued. Kate is an Advance HE Senior Fellow and a Certified Leading Practitioner in Learning Development.

Melanie Crisfield

Melanie Crisfield

Steering Group Member
Chair of the Conference Committee

Melanie joined the conference committee in 2017 and became the co-chair in 2019. She has over 12 years’ experience as a learning developer in both UK and American universities. She currently works as the Senior Graduate School Tutor (PGR Lead) at Brunel University London. Her areas of interest in learning development include: understand and developing critical thinking skills; researcher development; literature review writing; communities of practice; and building student self-confidence and self-efficacy. She is an ALDinHE certified lead practitioner and an AdvanceHE fellow.

Jennie Dettmer

Jennie Dettmer

Jennie joined the Learnhigher Working Group in December 2017 and has led the development of accessible document checklists for submitters to use. She has also been a member of the CWG since September 2018. Jennie has extensive teaching experience; she started teaching EFL in Spain, moved onto ESOL, literacy and numeracy teaching in FE colleges and is now a learning developer at the University of Bedfordshire. Her interests are in technology enhanced learning and inclusive teaching practices. She is a qualified dyslexia tutor, a Certified Leading Practitioner of LD, a Fellow of HEA and is completing her MA in Education this year.

Sheryl Mansfield

Sheryl Mansfield

Steering Group Member
Chair of the Professional Recognition Working Group

Sheryl is a new member and welcomed to the Steering Group in May 2020. She is a Learning Development Tutor at the University of Northampton and is responsible for liaising with the Faculty of Health, Society and Education. She is an Advance HE Fellow, a Certified Practitioner in Learning Development and Qualified Teacher. Her background teaching Sport Science in Further and Higher Education institutions has offered a plethora of experience actively engaging learners. Her research interests include asynchronous resources and inclusive teaching.

Michelle Reid

Michelle Reid

Dr Michelle Reid works at Oxford Brookes University as a Learning Development Tutor as part of the Centre for Academic Development. She joined the Conference Committee in 2019 as she really wanted to become more involved in ALDinHE again after a time being away from the network. She is interested in finding a range of ways for people to share their practice, and she helped to organise the LD@3 Summer Programme of online seminars during July-Aug 2020.

Kate Swinton

Kate Swinton

Kate has worked in Learning Development for the past fifteen years in various roles. She is currently a Learning Development Tutor. Kate joined the conference working groups in 2019. She is an ALDinHE Certified Practitioner, a Fellow of the HEA with a MA in History. Her current research interests include collaboration on a Black Student working group, aiming to address the attainment and retention gap. She is also part of a funded research project that is creating a skills workbook for students to use throughout their studies.