Tell us a little bit about yourself (as much as you want to reveal!) – Your work background, your interests…
I have a background of working within the social care field. This has included working within community mental health services, working with young people in a therapeutic setting and helping to set up a social enterprise looking to work therapeutically with children and families who may need some extra support for a myriad of complicated reasons! Throughout my career I have wanted to support those who have been left marginalised by society, but I have also become increasingly aware of the support that those working to achieve this need – After all no man is an island! This has led me into the field of learning and development and my passion lies around trying to create useful spaces to think through often complicated and challenging emotional situations in order to be able to develop understanding, and then respond in the best interests of those who depend on us to help in their darkest moments.
What makes you have a good day at work?
When someone starts to feel like they have learned something that will make a difference to the way that they work, maybe now, or maybe not for 5 years. It’s seeing the spark that is so exciting.
Is there anything you wished would come back into fashion?
Yes! Alligator handbags (not made from hunted alligators though, I would want the equivalent of road kill alligator only).
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
Wood louse, it tastes like shrimp!
What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?
Some foraging/survival guide, Spotify and a pen knife.
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
Leaving a steady job and all the familiar things, to relocate and live in a caravan with no heating/power or water on top of a mountain – All to start a social enterprise!
If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be and what would you eat?
Owen jones – A proper journalist in my opinion, TS Elliot – Poet, Whitney Houston – Diva and Kenneth Grahame – Author wind in the willows. I don’t know what we would eat… Haribo maybe?
What is your favourite music for your commute to work?
Currently Bongo bong by Manu Chao
What’s the best thing about working at Wiltshire Council?
It is varied – No day is ever the same! There are a lot of good people doing hard jobs, as well as they possibly can, it makes you feel quite humbled really.
What is your favourite book or film, and why?
There’s so many, for film “Little Miss Sunshine”, which is still funny on so many levels and for the book, “Buddha of Suburbia” because it reminds me of a time…
What is the first thing you bought with your own money?
REM’s “Green LP”, still so good.
What pets do you have?