Jill Adam

Dr Jill Adam is Executive Director of Level Partnerships. Jill led Initial Teacher Training at Leeds Metropolitan University, was Head of the School of Education and Professional Development and Associate Dean of the Carnegie Faculty of Sport and Education. She started her career as a secondary school teacher (11–18), initially specialising in Physical Education and Sports Science before diversifying into Special Educational Needs, with a particular focus on behaviour management. She then moved into the higher education sector, initially lecturing in Sport and Physical Education before taking on her management roles. Jill completed her Doctoral studies at the University of Leeds in 2006. Her research focused upon conceptions of expertise in the teaching profession.

Jill has a wealth of experience in partnership work across education, sport, the arts, housing, health and diverse communities, both at home and abroad. Jill's partnership work with diverse populations includes inter-faith dialogue and community engagement, specifically with Muslim and Christian communities in Turkey and closer to home, with associated schools in Bradford, West Yorkshire and Tottenham, London. She has led fully funded national level projects to establish a qualifications framework for Ethiopian Higher Education, together with an associated programme of staff development for the sector. She has also led partnerships in Ethiopia with international sporting organisations including Nova International and the Ethiopian Athletics Federation. Jill continues to further Level's partnership work in Ethiopia with Great Ethiopian Run and sporting and educational enterprises in partnership with the world renowned athlete Haile Gebrselassie.

Jill is Chairman of Harrogate International Festivals, a Trustee of the Archbishop of York's Youth Trust and a governor on a number of school boards. She is a member of the Advisory Board for UCFB, the pioneering partnership between Burnley Football Club and Bucks New University offering higher education degrees exclusively in football business. She has been an elected university governor, an external examiner for courses in both sport and education in a number of universities and a course and curriculum consultant at university and school levels.