In 2017 I was awarded a Diploma in Managing Board Performance from the Institute of Directors in London. This was preceded, in 2016, by a Certificate in Company Direction. Together these courses taught me about the roles and responsibilities of being a director, how to analyse company accounts as a non-finance specialist, the basic principles of marketing, how to be an effective leader and how to provide strategic guidance at board level.
In 2017 I was selected to be an apprentice as part of the Board Apprentice Scheme. This scheme is a not for profit organisation that aims to increase board diversity by training and mentoring board ready individuals and placing them on a host board for a year to enable them to gain real experience of the skills required to be an effective director.
Through this scheme I am spending 2018 as a shadow director on the Steering Board of The Intellectual Property Office – an executive agency of the government that deals with all aspects of intellectual property: advising individuals and businesses of their rights and how to protect and monetise them, crafting policy, safeguarding international rights, registering trademarks and applying for patents. I have met other steering board members and spent time with the Deputy Directors of the different areas within the organisation to get a sense of their day to day activities and key challenges.
English Literature/Creative Writing
In 1996 having just c0mpleted an undergraduate degree in Law, I undertook an MA in English Literary Studies at Durham University. I was awarded a distinction.
In 2014 I was awarded an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction by Royal Holloway, University of London.
In 2016 I won the Bridport Prize for first novel and shortly thereafter signed with a literary agency. I am working with my agent towards publication of my first novel and also working with a mentor at The Literary Consultancy to produce a second novel.
In November 2017 I was awarded the Jenny Jeger award for short writing by The Fabian Society for the short piece I wrote for The Fabian Review about the state of our prisons.
I have an LLB (Hons) degree in Law from the University of Durham awarded in 1996. In 1998 I was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice with Distinction, from the College of Law. I then undertook a two year training contract with Stephenson Harwood LLP, qualifying as a solicitor in 2000.
Throughout my twenty years of practice as a solicitor I have done training and continuing professional development both as to substantive areas of law and skills based.