About

Looking down on to Singapore from the Marina Bay Sands observation deck.
Storm Approaching – Singapore

A northerner with a love of solo travel, a blue sky, capturing life through a camera, flowers and coffee.

You’ll find me: wandering with a podcast on (top three – Elis & John, Table Manners & The Daily) with my Go Pro in hand; taking photos (more often than not of flowers, food & landscapes); forcing myself to run or loving a walk plus some stretching via a bit of yoga; cooking, cooking and cooking; or checking the United score whilst also scrolling the Guardian News app, possibly followed by a descent into a Wikipedia vortex.

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Experience & expertise

creative

empathetic

organised

clear communicator

problem solver

strong leadership skills

have managed multiple projects concurrently

experienced in the planning and delivery of events including expeditions

Education

BA (Hons) Media & Cultural Studies, Liverpool John Moores University (2004-2007)

CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), ILA Vietnam (2008)

A University of Lincoln Staff Award, this counts right?!

Places That Have Been Home

The wonderful United Kingdom (Manchester, Liverpool & Lincoln), Taiwan (Tainan), Vietnam (Ho Chi Min City) and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur).

Work

EAL Teacher & BSKL Award Coordinator, The British School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2016-2019)

Advice Support Worker & Student Engagement Champion, The University of Lincoln (2012-2015)

EAL Teacher, Kidsland American English School, Tainan, Taiwan (2008-2010)

Customer Service Agent, Interflora HQ (2007-2008)

Places Where My Backpack Was Home

The classic backpacking route of South-East Asia for four months after university.

South America, well it was a year which began in South-East Asia and ended in South America – from top to bottom (all by land & before smart phone life and with a very small budget too, so I’d like to think of it as my own personalised Race Across The World without the TV cameras, competition and prize money of course).

Following the death of my dad in mid 2019, I took a bit of a breather during six months exploring a little bit of Vietnam, a larger part of Indonesia, some of Singapore and a good amount of Australia (although not enough, I will return, the pandemic has currently put a halt on extending this trip further).

joy

Hiking

ABC OK! – The Himalayas, Nepal

Celebrating reaching Annapurna Base Camp in The Himalayas (Mind Blown by the ABC Trek).

Freedom, fresh air and a picnic.

This love came from my hiking mad dad although during those slightly painful teenage years my bed might have been where i’d rather be!

Life wandering the countryside with or without a map is absolutely freeing and often simply medicine.

Photography

Tulip Season – England

Always snapping! This initially came from living a good chunk of the last ten years in Asia, having numerous new and interesting places to capture and also making friends with (and being influenced by) some lovely Taiwanese and Malaysian people who seemed to thrive on capturing as much of life as possible (in Taiwan this included lots of jumping photos and in Malaysia many selfies).

Following many years of reading, listening and observing the skills of others I’ve gained an understanding of what leads an eye into the frame, how to position subjects to create intrigue and also to capture the details that really tell a story… well I try! Now, my attention is often found on flowers and green landscapes, not forgetting coffee cups and meals (I didn’t live in Asia for nothing).

My shutter is mainly snapping life through a Go Pro Hero 5, an old Sony HX60 and always on my Pixel. A new manual camera is on the horizon and I’d really like to return to capturing on lomography cameras, an old fish eye created the most fantastic shots.

Life is Looking Up – KL, Malaysia
Floating Away Looks Good – Hoi An, Vietnam
Big Skies Over Ipoh – Malaysia
Photo Number 5921 – a camellia, England
That’s Right – Melbourne, Australia
the sea, in all shades of blue, with hills in the background
Beautiful & Blue – Maumere, Indonesia

Scuba Diving

Life in the Sea is When We Are Free – Menjangan Island, Indonesia

Qualified in the semi-distant past of 2008, however I only ever went diving sporadically, it brought joy but not unconditional love (I feel like i’m writing a poem ha).

It wasn’t until the death of my dad that I really developed an enormous enjoyment and real love for the sport because of how much it kept my mind healthy.

Over a couple of months in Indonesia and Malaysia (after forcing myself to do a refresher course) I completed about thirty dives and also the PADI Advanced course.

The focus and concentration needed to dive plus the meditative feel of floating calming through the ocean definitely helped me deal with the confusing and challenging experience of grief.

Yes, yes I am now desperate to get back under the sea and also researching UK based dive companies and hoping for some hot weather!

Cooking

Halt & Catch Fire – Hoi An, Vietnam

A joyful hobby born from watching the elaborate meal creations of my mother’s home kitchen, she trained as a chef so it was always, always good stuff.

Get in from work (or wandering), podcast/Spotify on, let’s get cooking!

Cookbooks often found sprawled open on my work surface will be anything written by Mr Dependable Jamie Oliver and also Georgina Hayden’s delightful and different Greek Cypriot creations. Failing those it’s BBC Food, maybe the Guardian Food (often Nigel Slater) or more often than not a random imagination creation.

And Relax – England
Cool Down By Coffee – Hanoi, Vietnam
Where are they going? – Altrincham, England
Peace Above The Street – Labuan Bajo, Indonesia

Wander With Coffee