Trained and practiced as a chartered physiotherapist in Manchester. A move to Liverpool in 1970, to train as a teacher of physiotherapy, started an academic career in health care education which lasted over 45 years.
On joining the University of Liverpool in 1992, she expanded her role beyond a single profession to cover the education and training of a range of health professionals. This provided valuable experience for her later role of Associate PVC (Education) in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, from which she retired in 2016.
Eileen has served on a number of key national committees of her professional body and regulatory body where standards of practice, professional codes of practice, quality assurance of programmes and continuing professional development were the focus of her activity. She served on a wide range of University Committees centred on maintaining and enhancing the quality of the student experience.
In 1994 she was awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in recognition of the contribution made towards the development of undergraduate & postgraduate physiotherapy education. In 2012 she was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Healthcare Education and Training.