I remember being about 10 years old and winning 3rd prize in raffle run by the Born Free Foundation. I was so excited as I opened the package which contained a colourful book filled with photographs taken by Julie Ward, a wildlife photographer from Suffolk, England who was murdered during a trip to Kenya. I knew then that my interest in Africa wildlife was firmly cemented and that I would one day visit this beautiful continent myself.
I have been a follower and supporter of the charity the Born Free Foundation for most of my life, and in 2008 my passion and interests in conservation came to a head when I travelled to South Africa and spent three months volunteering at Shamwari Game Reserve, which is home to the Julie Ward Born Free Centre.
I am a conservationist, and a campaigner for animal and human rights (sometimes these work well together, sometimes they don’t). I believe passionately in the education of future generations; currently working for National Geographic KiDs and previously Discovery Education. I support the work of organisations such as the Big Issue, who believe in empowering the under-represented, and proudly contribute to feminist forums such as Viral Feminism.
I have more than 10 years of journalism experience, and a 1st Class degree in English Language & Communications with Journalism and Media Cultures, with a year’s study abroad in Australia (yep, it’s a rather long degree title, but one I am most proud of).
I have previously worked for Discovery Communications, Channel 4 Learning, Channel 4 Talent, BBC Blast, Archant, Today Magazines and Cubiqdesign over the last few years, but am perhaps most proud of the success of this blog and the opportunities it has afforded me. All views experienced on the site are of course my own, and not directly associated with any of my current or previous work places.
A snap shot of my favourite blog posts / moments is shown below:
Virginia Mckenna and I at the launch of Millie Marotta’s Wild Savannah book launch
Will Travers and I at the Blood Lions premiere
Representing National Geographic Kids Magazine at Roots and Shoots with Jane Goodall
With Ian Redmond at the Remembering Elephants book launch
Meeting Brain May at the opening of Oxford Street’s Lush store
Judi Dench and I at the International Wildlife Coalition Trust fundraising event for wild dogs
Bill Oddie at the Angels for the Innocent comedy fundraiser to stop the dog meat trade
Michaela Strachan, Anneka Svenska and I at the Blood Lions premiere
John Rendall (one of Christian the lion’s owners) and I at the Lion Aid Concert
With Pollyanna Pickering at her gallery in Derby
Supporting wild dogs with Peter Egan at the IWCT fundraiser
Jake Humphrey at the GoGoGorillas auction to raise funds for Born Free Foundation
With Pollyanna Pickering and Virginia Mckenna, celebrating Born Free Foundation’s 30th anniversary
Protesting against lifting the fox hunting ban, 2015, with Brian May
Joining the Global March for lions with Anneka Svenska
Mik Richardson, Freddie Mercury GoGoGorilla artist, and I
Warren Short, Zebra TM Director, their mascot and I.
Brian May, Kate Silverton, Louis Psihoyos, Bill Oddie – The panel for the Racing Extinction premiere
Vivienne Westwood at the press screening of How to Change the World
Dom Dyer, protesting against Taiji Cove slaughter
Kate Silverton, Leslie Phillips and Virginia McKenna at Wild Night at the movies
Bindi, Robert and Terri Irwin – talking about crocs!
Hosting my own art exhibition – A World of Wildlife – to raise funds for Born Free Foundation’s Europe elephant sanctuary
Delivering a whole school assembly on Racing Extinction to 300 pupils