I'm a freelance feature writer and news and business journalist based in London. My work has been published in the Independent on Sunday, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mirror, the Daily Mail, BBC online, the Times, the Financial Times, the Daily Express, the London Evening Standard, City AM, Cosmopolitan, M magazine, Mainichi newspaper and Waitrose Weekend.
I am a former staff writer at the Independent, where I was a business specialist, and the Press Association, the UK's national news agency, where I covered breaking news on everything from crime and politics to showbiz and the Royal Family.
I am passionate about learning about different cultures and languages. I particularly enjoy writing about Japan as I lived there for 4 years and speak Japanese. 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.
I often work with my husband, award-winning photographer Andrew Parsons. Our most recent assignment was to Japan.
My husband and I are currently fund-raising for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital through our blog about our two-year-old daughter's treatment for leukaemia: www.ourlifewitheukaemia.blogspot.co.uk.
In addition, I work as a corporate copy writer and as a media consultant. I advise companies and PR teams on campaigns, launches and press releases. I also run media training courses, training PRs and business executives in the best way to deal with the press. If you would like further information on this please drop me a line.
Finally, I am the author of English Shaun, a memoir. It is a companion book to Hard Time by Shaun Attwood.