Before working as a journalist I spent seven years working in social services. I switched to journalism after winning a writing competition in 2013 - the prize was a fully funded NCTJ course.
I'm now a full-time freelancer and write about social policy from all angles whether from the perspective of people hit hard by welfare changes and government cutbacks - for example, single parents struggling on Universal Credit, a son bereaved by suicide, or rough sleepers facing reduced services in a coastal town.
Or from the perspective of policy-makers, for example, writing regular news and features for Global Government Forum whose readership is senior government officials and civil service employees from across the world.
I provide case studies and reports on global trends for leading behavioural insights agency, Canvas8, as well as providing everything from press releases to news and blogs for small businesses and charities.
I have a Masters degree in social anthropology from Sussex University where I specialised in processes of social change, writing papers on the people left behind by UK de-industrialisation and peace and reconciliation processes in South Africa and Northern Ireland.