creative, calm, empathic, judicious, insightful
I am a writer and editor with experience of creating content and copy for a range of formats and audiences. My recent client work includes copy editing and proofreading a shortlisted design concept for the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai; editing a successful bid to host a prestigious intergovernmental event with world leaders; and conference scriptwriting for a global brand experience audience of 225 top executives and investors.
As marketing and business development manager at Mayvin, a leading organisational development consultancy, I have edited and coordinated successful bids to UK Civil Service, John Lewis Partnership, King's College London, NHS England and other high-profile clients. My three years' marketing and business development experience covers strategy, lead generation, relationship management, PR, communications, content production and social media. In addition, I edit the Mayvin blog. I was also content coordinator for Mayvin’s Restorative HR toolkit and a collaborative research report about women’s leadership in international NGOs.
In the arts and culture sector, I have provided web editing and content production for clients including Small Wonder Short Story Festival and public realm arts organisation Bureau of Silly Ideas. As co-director of House of Cultural Curiosity CIC, I wrote proposals collaboratively - securing funding from the British Science Festival and the government's Women's Vote Centenary Grants.
In 2008, I graduated from the University of Sussex with a first-class BA honours degree in English. My own writing focuses on the natural world and my recent work takes the form of visual-led poetry, an inversion of the traditional illustration process. I have designed and delivered creative writing sessions with arts and wellbeing charity the Craftimation Factory for Sussex Recovery College and the Hastings Academy school, and with House of Cultural Curiosity for Seaview services for complex lives.
I live in St Leonards-on-Sea with my partner, artist Lee Shearman. Together we run Micro Library Books, creating miniature artists books and exhibiting work at UK and international events. In 2017 – 2018, these included Bergen Artists Book Fair; East London Comic Arts Festival and Bristol Artists Book Event.
I have over 10 years' events management experience. As co-director of House of Cultural Curiosity CIC, I produced events with the British Science Festival, the University of Brighton, Hastings Youth Council and artists Nathan Burr and Rosalie Schweiker. With Mayvin, I have managed a range of programmes and events from networking evenings to large-scale, multi-strand programmes with clients including UK Civil Service, NSPCC and John Lewis Partnership. At Charleston, a museum and arts venue, I was site manager for filming/photoshoots with high-profile fashion, interiors and TV clients. I also provided event support for Charleston's festivals, exhibitions and education programme.
I support local culture, heritage and environment initiatives and I am a member of Sussex Wildlife Trust, the National Trust and Hastings Contemporary gallery. I grew up near Bristol and Bath in a village in the Cotswold countryside; I have a deep affinity with nature and rural life which feeds into my writing. I enjoy running and have run half-marathons in aid of charities Mind, Alzheimer's Society and Frank Water.