Originally from North West Derbyshire, Rosie moved to Liverpool as a student obtaining a BA Hons in Sociology and an MA in Women’s studies at the University of Liverpool. She went on to be a Senior Lecturer in Sociology with gender studies as her specialism, co-ordinating an MA in Applied Women’s Studies and the Applied Research Centre at Liverpool Hope University. This cemented her commitment to participatory action research bridging academic learning and service provision/policy development. She worked with socially excluded communities in Merseyside, including sex workers, going on to manage Armistead Street and Portside sex work support projects. She was one of the founders of the UK Network of Sex Work Projects, acting as Chair for eight years. She also Chaired National Ugly Mugs which emerged from the work of UKNSWP.
She moved to the Barnsley area in 2013 after becoming CEO of Basis Yorkshire (housing sex work and child sexual exploitation support projects). She left this post to work at Leeds and Leicester Universities on a UK wide research project, ‘Beyond the Gaze’. She recently enjoyed working for the Office for National Statistics, Census 2021 operation, as Census Engagement Manager responsible for the Barnsley and Rotherham areas. She describes herself as a ‘pracademic’ having moved between research roles and managing frontline support services, delivering and developing innovative projects and policies as part of multi agency responses to social issues.
Rosie obtained her PhD from Durham University in 2016 this examined the approach of including sex workers in hate crime policy and procedure in Merseyside. A book based on her PhD research ‘Sex Work and Hate Crime’ will be published by Palgrave in October 2021. She was awarded an OBE for services to vulnerable women in 2013.
Rosie has been involved with charity governance for over thirty years, having been a trustee on a range of charities. She was honoured and excited to be invited onto the Board of ELSH sharing the ELSH vision of creating safe spaces for socially marginalised communities and offering services which involve and empower these communities to obtain their rights and fulfil their potential.