I have lived in North London since 2007. I work as a communications manager for a national charity that supports people who misuse alcohol and substances and other vulnerable people including the homeless and victims of human trafficking and domestic violence.
My previous work experience includes the built environment and planning sector, energy and sustainable development, retail, a local council and as a PR consultant to various businesses.
I love to read and am a founder member of the North London Reading Group – now a network of several groups across London – as well as the co-organiser of small literary events in the capital. I am also a trustee for Booktrust.
In 2009, I was selected as the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Witney, taking on the Conservative party leader, David Cameron, where I led a credible campaign that resulted in the Lib Dems doubling their lead over Labour and having a net gain in councillors in the 2010 elections.
Since 2010, I led a cross-party team in the fairer votes campaign, delivering a Yes vote in Haringey and stood as a constituency candidate in the Greater London elections, holding the Liberal Democrat position and strengthening teams for the 2014 local elections. As one of the largest elections between 2010 and 2015 this was an important opportunity to build on my experience and allowed me to work closely with an MP and her office.
I was among the first intake to the Leadership Programme in September 2011 and am a keen advocate of women, young people and BAME potential candidates, giving them as much support as possible to encourage diversity in the party.
I am an active campaigner and my successes include:
- campaigning to bring empty homes back into use, securing £54m of funding
- working with people from Labour, the Greens, UKIP and the Conservatives, as well as non-party members across Enfield and Haringey to change our electoral system
- standing for parliament and the Greater London assembly as the constituency candidate for Enfield & Haringey