I’m 28 years old and live in Nottingham.
I work as a freelance writer, content strategist, and usability/accessibility consultant. I want to make the web a better place with user-friendly websites. When I’m not online, I’m usually out tramping in the woods marvelling at nature. Walking makes everything feel right. I love that sense of wonder I get. I’m currently obsessed with fungi. They just seem so magical to me. They grow out of the decay and have this wonderful symbiotic relationship with the plants that surround them. I’m trying to make an app that allows people to identify any wildlife, be it plant or animal, in the UK. I want to learn more about identifying wildlife myself while helping others at the same time.
I live in Nottingham with my partner Adam. We’ve been together for two and a half years now. He’s very tolerant of the fact I’ve made us move house twice in that short time, to London and then to Nottingham.
I have moved quite a lot. Until I was 18, I had I lived in the same house my whole life with my grandparents. I had never even thought of going to university until the parent of a boyfriend at the time asked me which I was going to. There was something about the way that she just expected me to be going, like it was the normal thing and so I completely lied and said I was still considering places. I went home and did some research.
I didn’t think I’d ever leave Stoke, and yet the second that moving away for university became an option, I suddenly decided I wanted to use it as an opportunity to go somewhere completely different. And so I moved to Cornwall. From the land-locked Midlands to the Cornish coast.
I’ve moved quite a few times since then. I’ve been lucky to be fairly free and flexible so I could take jobs where-ever they appeared. My favourite place to work was Oxford, it’s such a beautiful city.
These days though I’m happy to be in Nottingham. It’s my adopted home, this is the third time I’ve lived here. It just has something about it – a creative vibe, friendly people, and the feeling that it is going somewhere and to be here now is to be here at the very beginning, grass roots stage.
I’m currently obsessed with making the web more accessible for people with disabilities, and also making content management systems more user-friendly. It’s obvious the web isn’t going anywhere soon and is only going to get bigger and more important and yet the tools that most people use to publish web content are terrible. I’m not sure what I can do to help that yet though.
Oh, and I’m a cyclist.