Born and raised in London, I had dreams of becoming a ballerina, a puppy handler, or a Princess, but also an archaeologist. Instead, I became a PA.
A true people person from a young age, I have always had a fascination with the how’s and the why’s of human behaviour, and one of my favourite past times was watching any and all documentaries on serial killers and mass murderers. When not gorging on crime documentaries, and much to my parent’s relief, I would enjoy entertaining my friends and family and quickly got the reputation as the class clown with the big heart and the bigger smile. My clarinet and the steel drums were the great loves of my life until I discovered Ancient Rome and fell into a lifelong love of History and Architecture. Then I had great ambitions to be the next Jacqueline Wilson or J.K. Rowling, until I realised that Geography and the way our world works was endlessly fascinating. I settled on studying Clinical Psychology at the University of Lincoln after realising that my curiosity about the human experience was a deep and lifelong passion of mine.
Scientifically trained but artistically minded, I have always been somewhat of a walking dichotomy; organised yet spontaneous, focused and driven and yet a constant dreamer, always searching for new knowledge and experiences. The one thing that has remained constant is the immense joy I experience from helping others achieve their best.
Having spent many years making good use of my charisma and affability working my way up through fashion retail, and indulging my creative streak through merchandising, I sought out my next challenge – a teaching assistant and after-school play worker in an Infant/Primary School. The time I spent at the school helping young children recognise and achieve their potential was invaluable and a very treasured experience, and the negotiation and bargaining skills I picked up have served me well! Wanting as much exposure and scope to work within as many industries as possible, there were two determining factors; “what am I good at?” and “what do I need to improve?” I am great at collaborative working and assistance, and I needed admin skills, and being a PA was the perfect role to combine both. It turned out that thankfully, not only did I really enjoy being a PA, but I was good at it too, and I was lucky enough to have the scope to shape my own role to get to the level I wanted to be at.
Though not a decision taken lightly, meeting Kim, Kathleen and the team and getting a feel for the company culture and hearing their visions for The Lighthouse made it a very easy decision for me to make the move, and I am very proud to be a part of The Lighthouse family and to support a woman as remarkable as Kathleen.
Outside of work, I can be found devouring culture, be it fashion magazines, exhibitions, wandering round a historical city with my head in the clouds and a Malbec in my hand, or trying to teach myself Italian (Ho bisogno di aiuto!). I still enjoy crime documentaries, and I also now have a vivacious Pug to wrangle, so I guess some things we never grow out of!