I have over ten years of experience in the social sector and seven years’ experience in social sector consulting, during which time I have conducted a wide range of projects in the UK and Africa. Clients have included charities, social enterprises, foundations and businesses and my key areas of specialism are monitoring and evaluation, research and analysis and strategy design and implementation. I have worked on a wide range of thematic areas and projects have included informal and formal education, health, youth development, entrepreneurship, homelessness, sport, young offenders, conservation, TVET and agro-processing among others.
Prior to becoming an independent consultant, I was the Managing Director of The Social Investment Consultancy (TSIC), a London based management and strategy consultancy specialising in evaluation and revenue generation in the third sector, where I worked for six years. I was also the Managing Director of Ten Years’ Time, a philanthropy advisory firm specialising in systemic change grant-making.
Themes I have worked on:
Early childhood development
School to work transitions
Informal and formal education
Before starting my career in consulting, I worked as a youth worker in a range of settings, from Birmingham to rural Tanzania, supporting young people to achieve their goals.
I have a Master’s degree in Government and Politics of sub-Saharan Africa from SOAS University of London and a BA in Classical Studies from Newcastle University. I am a Non-Executive Director of Inclusive Classrooms, a member of the Impact Working Group for Future First Global and a co-founder of ethical homeware business, Okapi Home.
Countries I have worked in:
I am passionate about entrepreneurship, social change and the environment - I have been involved in the start-up of a number of social organisations and I am very interested in systemic change, exploring how to look at the causes and barriers within systems that result in entrenched social issues and identifying opportunities to challenge these issues.
I have authored a number of reports and articles on various issues within the social change sector, including for the Huffington Post, and regularly write about areas I care about on my blog. I was named one of About Time’s top 10 young female entreprenuers to watch in the UK in 2017 and I am currently exploring new business ideas and am in the process of writing my first novel.
Check out my blog for my latest thoughts on areas that interest me, including thoughts on monitoring and evaluation practices and my experiences of entrepreneurship.