I originally studied graphic art at the University of the Arts London in the 1980s and worked in the field for over six years, spending three years with The British Museum designing exhibition graphics and producing national publicity. After completing a foundation course in Art Therapy I went on to complete a BA Honours degree in Community Art with Education at The Roehampton Institute in 1997 and developed my career towards working with children and young people. I have worked with various community organisations in the arts in London, particularly in youth arts provision. I also trained and worked as a Childline volunteer telephone counsellor and worked as a special needs assistant in a mainstream school supporting children with learning and physical disabilities.
In 2000 I obtained a CELTA and taught at Westminster Adult Education Colleges teaching English to asylum seekers and refugees living in London. I went on to work as a mentor with The Children’s Society, mentoring children who have arrived in the UK as refugees and unaccompanied asylum seekers, providing support in their progression through school and college. I recently completed a Level 4 in counselling in schools with Oxford University Continuing Education. As well as working as a PSHE mentor with LAMP I work with young people with ASC in the arts with community organisations in Oxford and as a freelance web and graphic designer and illustrator/portrait artist.