Flavia was Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Design, Media & Culture at the University of Sunderland, and previously Head of Department of History of Art and Design at Staffordshire University. While at Sunderland, she was part of a team which founded the £16m National Glass Centre in Sunderland, the oldest home of glass in the UK. She was also the Chief Executive of the Community Radio Station called Wear Fm. Flavia is an expert on Tunbridge Ware, and has written various catalogues and curated exhibitions on the subject. Currently she conducts the historic tours of The Heath House in Staffordshire.