I am a former teacher living and working in the North West. I have worked in mainstream education, as a Special Needs Coordinator, and in Specialist schools. My years in education have developed my interest in outdoor learning, and I have a Masters degree in Teaching Studies, focusing on outdoor learning for children with additional needs. I also work with an outdoor farming and education charity.
In my free time I am a keen knitter and reader, and enjoy spending time gardening and looking after my animals.
I plan and lead projects for Open Doors, in order to create exciting new opportunities for children in Birmingham and Merseyside.
I have a background in equality and human rights policy research and have also been involved in a number of human rights campaigns, including a programme aimed at reducing educational inequalities. Having just finished a Masters in forced migration studies, I am now co-ordinating a digital inclusion project for asylum seekers.
In my spare time I love travelling, meeting people and experimenting with new recipes. I have previously lived abroad in Belgium, Germany and Finland and at the moment I live in London with my partner and our tiger tabby cat.
I’m excited about being part of developing The Open Doors Project into an effective and sustainable provider of outdoor educational experiences that is highly valued in the community.
I have a background in fundraising, having raised thousands of pounds for schools, community groups, sports groups, and disability charities across the UK. I have worked and volunteered in the not-for-profit sector for a number of years, and I currently work as a fundraiser for a charity that supports people affected by abuse.
In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, playing the clarinet, reading and running. I have been fortunate enough to live and work in Canada and currently live in Birmingham with my partner.
I’m extremely honoured and excited to be part of the Open Doors Project, and can’t wait to work towards ensuring all children with special education needs and disabilities can experience quality outdoor educational opportunities.