In 2004 Carol achieved a Distinction in her Masters degree in Public Rights of Way and Countryside Access Management - and was rewarded with prizes from both Sheffield Hallam University and the Institute of Public Rights of Way and Access Management (IPROW). She served as a member of IPROW's Board of Directors between 2004 and 2007.
In 2008 she was nominated for a national 'The Right Way' award for her work raising professional standards in the industry. She became a Fellow of IPROW in 2009.
In 2015 she was invited to join a Defra Expert Group, advising on the regulations needed to implement the new right to apply for a public path order.