As a child I wanted to: be like Hayley Mills; be a writer; live by the sea. I gave up on Hollywood a long time ago, although my family sometimes claim that I’m a bit of a drama queen. I’ve been lucky enough to be paid for crafting words and obviously have a novel that is ‘work-in-progress’. Moving to Cornwall five years ago means that the beach hut is now a reality.
My first proper job, working for a small publishing house in Fleet Street, gave me a taste for print production and my first writing opportunities. From there I moved to the corporate marketing world of Unilever and KPMG, and for a decade honed my skills in both these areas. I was then part of a management buy-out and a founding director in 1990 of a design and communications business that evolved over the years with clients as diverse as Aviva, Cushman & Wakefield, Diageo, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Oxford Oratory, Natural History Museum and Save Our Seas Foundation. I sold the business in 2012 and set up my own corporate copywriting company, continuing to work with clients in the UK and Europe. I have been a trustee of St Ives in December, a not-for-profit organisation for five years.