I’m a journalist, campaigner, researcher, performer, community builder, (cruel) editor, podcast creator, sometime PR and marketing professional, project manager, speaker, chair and event manager, and consultant. Check out my LinkedIn profile here.
I’d say I’m an ENTP, but that isn’t scientifically accurate. ‘Troublemaker’ is probably about right.
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. During my time there, I opened up their newsroom beyond the journalists, opened up the work beyond the newsroom and created a space for the things I was learning to be shared with people like me working in other newsrooms, Organising the Organisers. I also wrote the bid for this Nesta New Radicals win.
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.
- Strategy and project management / event production / community building
- Editing / copywriting / research / interviewing / public speaking / graphic design
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 TV, Wired, Open Democracy, Dods, the Observer, Hackney Citizen, Warrington Guardian
Podcasting: former presenter and creator of The New Economics Foundation’s award-winning Weekly Economics Podcast
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)
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?