My first job was working in a hardware shop, and after completing university in Belfast I became a history and politics teacher. When the chance to work at Parliament and live in London came along in 2014, I brought my educational experiences to the House of Commons Participation team doing outreach and educational work. I then moved to the Commons Library and have since completed a master’s in Library and Information Management while working full-time.
My current role involves sharing my experience and expertise on managing information, training, library collections and projects across POST and the Library. I’ve had some great opportunities while working here. This includes supporting tactile tours of Parliament for visually impaired people, attending events like lectures in the Speaker’s House, and just appreciating the history of the building. Parliament is a great place to work with so many friendly and interesting people and lots of different roles for anyone. POST exists to bring research evidence into Parliament to help ensure decisions are made using the best available information. That can really feel like a challenge but it’s great to know your work is part of trying to change things for the better.