I’m a journalist and producer based in Manchester, UK where I live with my partner and our two rescue dogs (Peggy Olsen-Schuyler and Rupert ‘Ru’ Paul Anker).
I write about anything and everything, but especially: education, sustainability and environmental issues, sport, theatre, and gender.
I also work for BBC Sport, based out of their offices in Salford.
I’ve worked as a staffer for Reach Plc (formerly Trinity Mirror Group) predominantly within their trending news team across the entire network, as well as specifically at the Manchester Evening News.
As a reporter I have covered major international sports and culture events. From elite triathlete competitions, to Crufts, to Glastonbury – I’ve worked as a reporter and writer at a huge range of events.
As a contributor, I have written for the Guardian, Independent, HuffPost UK, Eurosport, Yahoo, and the New York Post among others.
You may have also heard my dulcet tones in places like BBC R2, BBC 5 Live, and Ireland’s Newstalk. I’ve also appeared on television, in particular on channels in the American Deep South and the Cayman Islands – not to be too niche.
I am fully NCTJ-accredited, including achieving 100wpm in shorthand (with 100% accuracy – a feat I still don’t truly understand).
I have a truly bizarre professional background, with the kind of CV that seems to prompt a lot of questions – primarily as people try to figure out my age*, and exactly why I have done so many weird things.
Prior to retraining as a journalist I worked in the international development sector for an NGO based in Cambridge. My role was primarily within engagement, sitting across the marketing-communications and fundraising teams. I worked on major international projects, collaborating with colleagues in over 130 other countries.
Before I went into international development, I worked in education both as a primary school governor – in the youngest 0.5% of school governors – and as an educational researcher and content writer for a school support service. In the latter role I was responsible for distilling complex educational policies and legalities into digestible articles and resources for school leaders. I worked closely with the Department for Education and Ofsted in particular, as I wrote content in response to and anticipation of school leaders’ needs from over 10,000 schools.
Away from education and charity, I also have an extensive background in the arts. I’ve worked as a director and producer across the USA, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, and the UK. I’ve directed and produced sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at major venues around the world, including: The Comedy Store, UCB New York, and Chicago’s Second City. I’ve also worked as a freelance script reader and editor for a number of years for a range of theatres and production companies.
While at university I was the junior treasurer of the internationally renowned Cambridge Footlights. I was one of 11 on the committee, and ~officially~ the least funny member. I also tour managed their 2015 international tour show, which went to five countries over four months. I oversaw over £100k of expenditure and revenue, managed a company of 12, organised all logistics, and ran the marketing for a tour to over 50,000 audience members.
In what feels like a previous life, I used to compete for Great Britain in flat-water sprint and marathon kayaking and then triathlon and quadrathlon (swim/kayak/bike/run). I won the 2011 world championships in quadrathlon in Czechia. I still love sport, but nowadays I am lucky if I can finish a Parkrun. I hope to one day squeeze my hips back into my kayak.
I have a first class degree from the University of Cambridge in Education with English Literature, and an MSc in International Development with Social Anthropology from Birkbeck College, where I specialised in the relationship between sport, education and gender in Mumbai.
*26, assuming I have kept this page up to date.