Creds

I’m a campaigner, community builder, journalist and (cruel) editor, ex-podcaster, sometime PR and marketing professional, project manager, speaker, chair and event manager, and consultant. Check out my LinkedIn profile here.

I’m currently working at The Reader in lovely Liverpool helping them understand and grow their 500-strong network of Shared Reading groups across the UK.  We read great books and poetry aloud together every single week because, and we have worked with the University of Liverpool to show it, we know it changes people’s lives.

Before that I was a community organiser at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s award-winning Bureau Local helping them build a network of people who care about the future of local news.

I am also the previous head of talent and skills at the government-backed Tech North initiative, where I piloted a public speaker and media training programme for women called Northern Voices that was celebrated by the Minister of State for Digital. Find out why we did it here.

Highlights of my career to date include bringing political technology stories to millions of people through business and consumer media, editing an experimental politech website for the New Statesman and flagship startup magazine Tech City News, and creating the award-winning Weekly Economics Podcast for the New Economics Foundation, which has been played hundreds of thousands of times.

Key skills

  • Strategy and project management / event production / community building
  • Editing / copywriting / research / interviewing / public speaking / graphic design
  • InDesign and Photoshop / basic HTML, CSS and Javascript / Audacity and Audition / Office

Writing and editing: former editor at New Statesman Tech, former reporter at The Next Web, former editor and senior reporter at Tech City News, former senior reporter and production editor at Mobile Marketing Magazine, contributor at Tech for Good TVWiredOpen Democracy, Dods, the Observer, Hackney Citizen, Warrington Guardian

Podcasting: former presenter and creator of The New Economics Foundation’s award-winning Weekly Economics Podcast

Project management: Kano, Hackney Green Party

Marketing and PR: Centre for London‘s Connecting Tech City digital skills crowdfund campaign, #ShakeYourPower solar instrument crowdfund, communications exec at Somo, communications intern at Oxfam (North of England)

Campaigns: Speak NorthernDigital Entrepreneur Awards anti-sexism open letter,  No Water Cannon on Our Streets

I love tech for good, cleantech, edtech, assistive tech, politech (?), diversity in tech.

If you look carefully, you may find me doing comedy about tech. Key theme: have you ever thought about using your powers for good rather than evil?

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