My first experience of volunteering was when I was 15; helping out on an HIV peer education project in Leeds. I saw how volunteering can effect change – both in the world and in ourselves – and that idea excited me. It’s something that hasn’t left me through many years working as a volunteer manager, or being a volunteer myself.
I started my career in Merseyside; working on a capacity building project in Toxteth and then moving to manage a large youth volunteering programme in Sefton. I still had a strong interest in work around HIV and volunteered regularly with Sahir House, the local HIV support service in Liverpool. In 2005, I started working for George House Trust, the North West’s largest HIV charity, where I led and expanded their volunteer programme. I went on to join their management team and was lucky to have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects and events.
I started working freelance in 2017 and enjoy helping a diverse range of organisations to grow great volunteer programmes that have a real impact in the world.
I enjoy writing and speaking about volunteering and volunteer management and sharing ideas with others. You can read some of my writing on my blog page.
I also work as a relationship therapist with individuals and couples. In my free time, you’ll mostly find me cycling, meditating and spending time with my lovely family.