Bruce is a social care assessor in the South West, working with adults of all ages. His background is in philosophy, with doctoral research which focused on oppressive and emancipatory roles of language. He has taught in Community Education and FE, working with a wide range of adults facing social exclusion. While teaching with the Workers’ Educational Association, he carried out research into Joint Practice Development, a model of quality improvement that foregrounds mutual peer support. This led to a stint as Learning and Development Officer with Research in Practice for Adults, where his publications included a practice toolkit on Action Research and Action Learning (‘What difference are we making?’, RiPfA 2014).