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 also 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. In my free time, you’ll mostly find me cycling, meditating and spending time with my lovely family.