My résumé is mixed and diverse, but with key threads
and themes. I'm passionate about community, communication, innovation, positive change and technology.
started work as a communicator, with a brief spell as a producer on a
radio phone-in show. Since then, I've been working entirely in the
public, voluntary and charitable sectors, in a variety of roles, including teaching, facilities management and youth work and public relations. I
hold qualifications in journalism, adult
teaching and career advice. I'm also accredited by the RNIB as an
assistive technologies trainer, certified as a trainer for TxtHelp and
associate of the Institute for Learning.
I've created and led
youth projects, developed curriculum and developed strategy. However,
for me, my greatest achievements are the changes I've made for real people, young and old, through the projects I have led, worked on or
have always been key to my roles, and I'm lucky enough to have worked
directly with some extraordinary people in some of the most isolated
and deprived communities in the UK. I'm also passionate about issues
close to my heart and, outside work, I've been a volunteer, speaker,
representative and trustee of several national campaign groups. I'm a
committed vegetarian and advocate of social change.
recently I've moved away from front line work to look at how I can help
drive change through policy and strategy. This has involved working in
Local Government public relations and Local Authority strategic
steering groups. While working in PR, I experienced the pressure of
working in a changing political environment and was complimented by my
manager on my skill at working with a range of people from a range of
political backgrounds. I'd never describe myself or my work as target driven, however the projects I have led have all met their targets and made real changes for real people.
I currently work as an education technology advisor to local authorities in the Yorkshire & Humber region by day and, outside of work, organise innovation events and volunteer with a number of organisations.