I'm a news and feature writer based in London. I am currently working for the Independent on Sunday and I have a special interest in writing about human rights, social and gender issues, parenting, food and Japan. I was recently on the judging panel for the IKWRO True Honour awards, which highlight those fighting against 'honour'-based violence.

I speak Japanese and lived there for four years so I take any opportunity that I can to go back! I have also lived in Paris and the Middle East where I helped to launch the National, the first newspaper in Abu Dhabi, as a senior feature writer, before moving to glitzy Dubai as a stringer for UK papers.

My articles have been published in all UK national newspapers including the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mirror, the Daily Mail, the Times, the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Daily Express and the London Evening Standard, City AM, Cosmopolitan, BBC online, M magazine and Mainichi newspaper. My corporate clients include Deloitte and Waitrose Weekend.

I was formerly a business journalist at the Independent, and I covered breaking news on everything from crime and politics to showbiz and the Royal Family for the Press Association, the UK's national news agency, for five years.

I am the co-founder of Nine Media Training & Consultancy. For a full range of our courses and services click here. I am also a director at i-images, a photography agency co-founded by my husband, award-winning photographer Andrew Parsons.

My husband and I are currently fundraising for Children with Cancer UK and Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital through our multi-award-nominated blog about our four-year-old daughter's treatment for leukaemia:www.ourlifewitheukaemia.blogspot.co.uk.