I was born and bred in Watford, a town labelled by Lonely Planet as “the kind of place that makes you want to travel.”
They weren’t wrong. After my A levels, I strapped on my backpack and headed Down Under for a year. I returned to read English at King’s College London - although I probably spent more time working on the student newspaper and presenting a request show on a local hospital radio station - than I ever did studying Shakespeare. Meanwhile my university summers were spent au-pairing in Switzerland.
After graduating from King’s, I embarked on City’s postgraduate journalism course. Post City, the BBC beckoned and I worked for BBC Sport Online, BBC News Online and the legendary children’s TV programme, Newsround, before leaving to take up the role of features editor at lifestyle magazine, Fresh Direction.
In 2006, fed up of Britain’s porridge like sky and dark, damp miserable weather, I made my way to the Middle East – with its promise of year round sunshine – where I worked as the Assistant editor of Time Out for two and a half years before heading to the Caribbean to help re-launch a lifestyle magazine.
China came calling in 2010 and I spent a year based in Beijing as Time Out’s Special project editor before returning to London in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games.
I now work as the online editor of TNT magazine, contributing editor for the consumer travel website Just About Travel and as international editor at The Sybarite - reporting on the latest happenings from around the world - in addition to freelancing for MailOnline, The Telegraph and ABTA among others.
I am also available for freelance copywriting and journalism work, so do get in touch if you have any suitable projects!
When I’m not working, I am out and about exploring London with Talk of the Town - a walking tour company I co-founded, that aims to provide the inside track on the London scene for locals and visitors alike.
Our team consists of veteran tour guides, Time Out journalists, actors and life long Londoners so we know where the buzz is coming from - and can share our knowledge in an entertaining manner with our clients, before most people hear or read about it.
I’m also interested in fashion, food and the arts (I serve on One New Change’s Style council), socialising and sports. I am currently trying to get to grips with the game of golf and follow the footballing fortunes of my home team, Watford, where I volunteer as a Vicarage Roadie - a team of Watford supporters who work to enhance the match-day experience for home and away fans at Vicarage Road. We offer advice, provide assistance to those needing extra support to access the stadium, manage away match ticket collection and help with any other issues or queries that arise.
Hospital Radio (where I visit patients, before co-presenting a request show on Wednesday), the theatre and politics (I’m an active member of my local Liberal Democrats group) are other interests.
However my biggest passion is international travel: free time and disposable cash is spent abroad, because I truly believe that travel is the best education anyone can have.