Passionate about the natural world, social justice and creative writing, I look for projects which stretch my talents, stir my soul or simply add something to my bank account.
Armed with a 2.1. in Psychology from Oxford University (2001) I started my career in the health sector, going freelance in January 2009 delivering a range of projects for the NHS and the Department of Health including marketing, training, management and written projects. Since discovering PPH in June 2010 I have been enjoying broadening my working horizons!
I am currently a part-time employed fundraiser for Devon Wildlife Trust, and my recent projects include wide-ranging out-of-the-box work with the socially inclusive arts charity Escape Artists around 'well-being' (initially won through PPH); a stint in visitor services with the National Trust, and a written contribution to the upcoming Royal College of Psychiatrists report on Smoking and Mental Health.
I was awarded second place in Young Science of the Year back in year 2000 and I have continued to flex my writing and editing muscles through my own creative work; in the marketing and communications aspects of my previous roles, and on a 4-month written project commissioned by the Department of Health which finished back in March 2010.
Area Covered: Devon / UK / international webspace
Work Experience Summary: The wellbeing project I started through PPH with the charity Escape Artists involved far more than research. I worked with the director developing cohesive and complex ideas about our holistic internet-based project; I wrote and delivered presentations and written documents about our work, and I supported him in developing a network of support and interest in our work, a network which came to include the Well-being Institute of Cambridge, the Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, and Intellect, the trade Association for the IT industry.
Most of the rest of my working life has been spent in NHS or the Department of Health, doing work related to stopping smoking or smoke-free policies. Initially I did a lot of work with individuals, motivating and supporting them to quit. Later I became the communications officer and training lead, writing newsletters and press-releases; developing (service) marketing strategies, materials and initiatives; building partnerships across multiple organisations, and training health professionals to deliver 'gold-standard' (as per the NHS speak) stop smoking support.
As a freelancer, I have worked as a consultant with stop smoking services, analysing the whole service and supporting staff to implement some of the recommended changes. I have developed marketing campaigns for services, managed teams and written diagnostic reports to address underperformance.
The most challenging piece of work I have done was writing, producing and launching a 100+ page book, commissioned by the Department of Health, to support Mental Health and Primary Care Trusts to work together to develop and deliver joined-up stop smoking support. This piece of work was highly acclaimed in the field and is available for viewing, though too large to upload to my portfolio.
Education Summary: I have a 2.1 Honours Degree in Psychology and Philosophy from Oxford University.
I also have a foundation certificate in Person-Centred Counselling, a 'training the trainers' certificate, and a short-story writing certificate.