I joined SANE in the 1990’s after working in a variety of subject areas and policy roles in the Department of Health. I was attracted to SANE as a relatively new charity campaigning on mental health policy and pioneering new ways to help people affected by mental illness.
Prior to obtaining a degree in history and joining the Civil Service, I taught in Nigeria under the Graduate Voluntary Service Overseas scheme. This gave me an early experience of charitable endeavour in an international context, insights into other countries and cultures, and a lasting interest in development issues.
I value the opportunities SANE provides to be involved in public policy and research on mental health, wider health and legal issues, as well as contact with professional and media organisations and individuals. In my leisure time, I retain an interest in history and public affairs and enjoy music, films and theatre. I try also to keep up with friends and family and find time for travel.
I joined SANE in 2006 and now work as the Media Manager. I worked previously as a journalist for a national newspaper, after graduating from the University of Bristol. My growing interest in the field of mental health has lead me to begin training in psychotherapy, while working for SANE allows me to use my experience of the media to campaign for a more just deal for those affected by mental illness.
Away from work I am a keen rugby and cricket fan and enjoy running along the Brighton seafront. I’m also a voracious reader and very amateur stargazer. I have been lucky enough to travel to a few far-flung destinations, Peru’s Sacred Valley being my favourite, and remain very attached to the West Country, where I was raised.
I joined SANE in 2013 as a Media and Communications Assistant. I graduated from the University of Leicester in 2013 with a First Class BA Hons in Film Studies and Visual Arts and won an award for my undergraduate dissertation on Hollywood’s potential to dispel cultural myths about schizophrenia.
Completing my dissertation on this topic is what truly awoke my passion to help change attitudes toward mental health. Mental health is something we all need to look after as much as our physical health. Sadly, misunderstanding, fear and stigma of mental illness are rife and I am proud to be working for a charity which aims to communicate clear messages that help break this cycle.
I am lucky enough to have volunteered abroad as a TEFL tutor and worked on incredible documentaries about the developing world. In my spare time I enjoy running, taking on UK microadventures and collecting every ounce of pug dog memorabilia on the planet.