Tell us a little bit about yourself – your work background, your interests…
I have been working in and around Social Work for about 12 years and in a variety of contexts with children and young people since I was practically ‘young’ myself. Other personas (writing for theatre, journalistic pursuits) have come in and out of focus at various points but Social Work is the career that stuck. Recently I took the leap into a managerial role, which has been surprisingly enriching. Outside work, my children keep me permanently wrong-footed, and somehow there’s time left for other pursuits (running, movies, creative writing and staying in Skype contact with relatives who live far too far away).
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
Cumin meringue canopies and miniaturized burgers in a bun.
If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be
To be honest, the sort of dead individuals I fancy dining would descend into epistemological meltdown, were they to learn that time-travel and/or reanimation were possible. So putting them at ease would be a tough gig. Leaving that aside, though, I would go with Charles Darwin, Leo Tolstoy, Jimi Hendrix and Meryl Streep
What would go into you room 101?
For me, look no further than certain elements of the British national press (who shall be nameless). I have real difficulty with media institutions that self-servingly promote fear and loathing of people less fortunate than themselves and their readers.
What makes you have a good day at work?
A good day at work for me is about the highs and lows of collaboration. A problem has been solved (at least one). A problem gets the better of us (but the world hasn’t fallen apart). Problems have been recognized and the real work begins. In other words, no two ‘good’ days are alike. However, they have in common the range of personalities, talents and idiosyncrasies to be found in any given Safeguarding Team and our collective curiosity therein to unpick troubled situations and leave things better than we found them.