Mandy is interested in the values people hold that lead them to become involved in running community businesses. The object of her doctoral research is to support new and existing community businesses to become more sustainable.

Previously, Mandy led a sports charity in Bath and was also a regional manager for the English Football League Trust, advising and supporting 26 charities attached to professional football clubs. A qualified teacher, she set up two study centres at Bristol City FC  and Bristol Rovers FC as part of the Playing for Success initiative.

She has an MA in Psychology and has more recently completed an MBA at UWE. You can contact her on mandy.gardner@uwe.ac.uk, or via Twitter.