Writer, editor, photographer
This is me, just months old, in Hong Kong (apparently taking my first lessons on how to manipulate a lens?). My father was on National Service, which is how I came to be born out there.
We returned to the UK when I was a toddler, so I sadly I have no memories of Hong Kong – but I grew up surrounded by beautiful memorabilia and wonderful stories.Most of my childhood was spent in Pinner, in North London. I was one of those girls who loved animals, and I took a degree in Zoology at Liverpool University.
Liverpool was quite an experience – in parts there was considerable deprivation and hardship. I loved the place, but my BBC accent was not easy for some Liverpudlians to understand, and I learned some very useful lessons about one’s place in life. (The picture is of me on a Rag Week float – not my place in life though).
My first job was in a huge brewery in Luton, where I worked in the quality control laboratories. I’ll pause here to allow all the usual jokes about that…
After a couple of years I moved to the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), where I spent a total of 27 years. In that time I worked in the membership team, the library (the second biggest ornithological library in the UK), answered general wildlife enquiries from the public, the film unit, a while developing habitat management advice, then the team that developed RSPB policy on a range of wildlife issues, before coming to rest in an internal conservation communication role.
And at the RSPB I met the colleague who is now my husband – Derek. The picture shows us on a work trip to Minnesota in 1997. The eagle is called Leuc. He was calmer than us about the whole experience.
In 2012 I took the leap and went freelance. And very exciting it’s proving, too.
PS. I love taking pictures.
Some years ago my point-and-shoot camera was proving frustrating, because I just couldn’t capture the pictures that I could see with my eye. Then it broke. So I took the plunge, and started learning to use a ‘proper’ camera. And things snowballed…
I now have a City & Guilds Level 2 Progression Award in Photography (with distinction), and I am a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society, having reached their first level of distinction in 2011.