Communications and Marketing Manager

I was born and brought up in Birmingham, only leaving to go to the University of Durham, where I graduated with a degree in English Language & Literature. I then promptly caught the train back to Birmingham, with the familiar clickity-clack of the old New Street destination board, welcoming me home. I briefly flirted with city centre living in the Jewellery Quarter and then Coventry, before moving into the very warm heart of the Black Country.

My professional life has always focused on children, young people and education. Possibly because I come from a family of educators where learning for pleasure, as a way to understand the world and as a tool to use, to move beyond societal expectations of success – has always been highly valued; or possibly because my own memories of school are still very strong. I remember what it is to be young, powerless and without a voice. I also remember that the only teacher in my Junior school, who I wasn’t absolutely terrified of, was my Year 6 (in modern parlance) form teacher, with her love of poetry, music, drama and the written word. It was in that creative world, that she so valued, that I was able to escape and the ability of the arts to provide escape, transformation and freedom has stayed with me throughout my life. I also wanted a job that actually meant something and that worked towards ensuring that ALL young people have choices, access to an excellent education and a voice that will be magnified and listened to.

I have been working at a management level in marketing, communications and events roles for many years, in sectors where my principles and beliefs are mirrored. This has included the University of Warwick, the University of Wolverhampton, the National Deaf Children’s Society, the University of the First Age, Imagineer Productions, Birmingham Museums Trust, the CBSO and most recently the Royal Shakespeare Company. I also added to my qualifications by achieving the Chartered Institute of Marketing: Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing, from what was then known as UCE.

Outside of work I take great pleasure in feeding the wildlife in my garden, staring at trees, reading the odd book, writing, walking in the green spaces I am incredibly lucky to live by and doing my bit for the environment. I’m also a member of Walsall Writer’s Circle and performed my poetry at the Wolverhampton Literary Festival in 2024.

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