I grew up in the North London suburbs. I studied and graduated in Modern Languages and subsequently worked and trained in social work. Later, I moved into L+D and then into mainstream HR. I did my CIPD qualification part-time and have been a Fellow of the CIPD since 2004. I have worked in all 3 sectors, but mostly in the not-for-profit sector, particularly social care and housing. I am passionate about the contribution HR can make to people’s wellbeing and performance at work. I trained as a mediator in 2006 and see mediation as the viable – and under utilised – alternative to many formal dispute processes. I am also passionate about live arts (heavily involved in my local theatre club, patrons sec of a local orchestra and member of a community choir). I’ve written published theatre – and occasionally music – reviews for over 30 years, and 4 plays.
Long married to a techie, we have a son who is also a techie. Talking of which, I am a teensy bit addicted to Twitter.