The Professional Stuff
I’m an NCTJ-qualified freelance journalist with solid experience in news and feature writing, copywriting, digital marketing and PR.
- Business and finance covering leadership, automation, accountancy, pensions, insurance
- HR and recruitment covering outsourcing, employee benefits, health & wellbeing, PMI
- Disability covering accessibility & provision, disability rights, discrimination
As a PR consultant, I work alongside two HR specialist agencies, creating content and news releases, delivering PR campaigns and identifying relevant media opportunities within the trade, business press and nationals.
In previous roles…
- Regional reviewer for the 2012 Rough Guide to Accessible Britain
- News editor of an online London newspaper The Jupital (formerly The Positive)
- Digital marketer for a public sector jobs board, promoting the latest recruitment initiatives.
- Editor of the UK’s leading special educational needs magazine, SEN Magazine
The Personal Stuff
Now for the nitty-gritty…
I was born with what, at the time, was an un-diagnosed congenital syndrome. But following DNA testing in 2012 thanks to the 2007 discovery of a correlating gene mutation, I was finally diagnosed with Goltz Syndrome – or Focal Dermal Hypoplasia – a congenital disability characterised by skeletal deformities, facial asymmetry and microphthalmia of one eye.
Disability does go some way in shaping a personality, but it doesn’t define who you are. I’m a book-loving, history-geek with a passion for all things literary. I’m never happier than when I’m in the grips of a well-researched, mesmerising book about the 16th, 17th or 18th centuries. Non-fiction or historical fiction: my bookshelves are overflowing.
In terms of historical fiction, think Michael Faber, Stacey Halls, Clare Clark, Imogen Hermes Gower, Patrick Süskind….
I’m also working on a historical fiction novel myself which I’ve been slogging away at since 2002. One day, I hope to actually finish it.