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.
Working at SANE has brought me in touch with some key concerns and interests of my own. I have a degree in Psychology and Linguistics so what could be better than being part of the Media and Communications team within a mental health charity!
My experience has been largely working for the charity sector. Other hands-on roles from years back have included working as a Speech therapist’s assistant at the Royal Hospital for Neurodisability and running language groups for primary school children with autism and asperger’s syndrome.
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 this raises the bar to communicate clear messages to help break the cycle.
As for my free time, I attend drama classes, organise film marathons with friends and try and keep fit with running in London parks.