Sarah Rawlinson EdD FHEA was the Head of the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism at the University of Derby. She holds a Doctor of Education from the University of Derby and an MSc from the University of Surrey. She has worked in education for over 25 years, including teaching, management and research, and has published several journal articles, book chapters and is the editor of the Spa Management book published by Goodfellows. She has been invited to speak at international conferences, and has undertaken research on the impact of spa graduates on spa businesses and the development of curriculum, work-based learning and the different use of knowledge in the workplace. She is passionate about the contribution hospitality and tourism can make to improving health and wellbeing and about establishing linkages between research, teaching and learning where research needs to be linked to the industry and to local communities. She is a reviewer for a number of journals in hospitality, event and tourism and is the founding member of the International Journal of Spa and Wellness. She is also the co-host of the Tourism Naturally Conference in partnership with Colorado State University. She is on the Board of a number of local organisations in Derbyshire including the Culture, Heritage and Tourism Board, the Buxton Crescent Trust, the Arkwright Society and the School of Artisan Food.