I grew up in Merseyside and went to a comprehensive school, later studying at Manchester and Sheffield Universities. I completed a PhD in English Literature in 2014, and went on to work for education and human rights charities and a think tank. My roles involved running programmes, organising events, and overseeing communications.
I joined the Knowledge Exchange Unit in 2020. My role involves supporting researchers to engage with UK Parliament, and helping parliamentary teams to connect with researchers in their work. I feel energised by connecting with the research community on a daily basis.
At the start of my career I think I might have felt intimidated to work somewhere as big and old as Parliament, but day-to-day working here is friendly and dynamic. Everyone is very supportive, which has really helped me to settle in during the Covid-19 pandemic. I’m impressed by the amount of training, support and resources available and I’m learning all the time. There are also a range of Workplace Equality Networks here, including ParliOut which supports LGBT+ people, and this is especially important to me as I’m bi/pan.