Emily grew up in Cornwall, attended Penair school in Truro and was one of the first intake of the newly built Truro College in 1993. From there she went to UEA in Norwich to study Philosophy and Linguistics followed by an MA in Social Philosophy. After moving to Bristol to work for a international computer company and to play rugby for the Premiership team, Clifton (now Bristol), she moved to Cardiff to study for a PGCE in Physical Education at UWIC (now Cardiff Met).

In 2003 she was offered a scholarship to undertake a PhD in the Philosophy of Sport at De Montfort University, during which time she also played rugby for London Saracens. In 2006 she took up a position as a Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy of Sport at the University of Gloucestershire where she still works. In 2018 she was promoted to the position of Reader in Applied Philosophy.

Emily continues to play and coach sport and is currently on the Standards, Ethics and Rules Committee of UK Athletics. She is very much in agreement with Plato’s philosophy of exercising and improving both body and mind.