Areas of expertise

Ethical and Environmental Issues

Ten years working at Ethical Consumer magazine have given me a thorough grounding on a range of ethical issues. My specialist areas include: ethical fashion, green lifestyle changes, marine conservation and ethical consumerism in general.

The Co-operative Movement & Social Enterprises

I also write and provide services to the Co-operative Movement. Having previously been a member of two co-operatives, I have a good understanding of the movement, and its values and principles. I understand the pressures of being a small organisation and can assist with communication strategies, and providing copy in plain English.

Mind & Body

I am a trained life coach and have a good knowledge of cognitive behavioural techniques. I practice mindfulness and so have first-hand experience of applying mindfulness to daily life. I’ve had health articles published in a range of consumer titles covering everything from the power of massage, to “ten minutes to better health”. I am an ambassador for the Queen of Retreats website, scouting and reviewing retreats for the site.

Travel & Diving

I’m an experienced scuba diver, qualified PADI Divemaster and have logged over 500 dives in countries across the world. I worked for a year for Blue Ventures managing marine conservation expeditions in Madagascar between 2007 and 2008.  This experience has given me a unique insight into diving and conservation tourism. I have had travel articles and photos published in a range of magazines, websites and contributed to the Footprint Body & Soul Escapes, published in 2007. My most recent travel related pieces on Manchester are up on Virgin Atlantic’s blog.

Feature Writing

I’ve written articles for a range of consumer titles. These include: Glamour Magazine, The Mirror, The Guardian, The Independent, Women’s Health, Here’s Health, Global Adventure magazine, Big Issue in the North, Red Pepper , Asian Diver, Girl About Town, Top Sante, Health & Fitness magazine.