history

George Orwell once asked himself the question: ‘Why do I write?’

Let’s be honest, I’m no Orwell, but I do have my answer at the ready.

For me - like all sweet moments - it began with a chocolate bar. In India. I was seventeen years old. A friend passed it to me when I was having a rant about the world’s injustices as we walked through the bustling slums of Pune. Each day all the little kids would run barefoot alongside us amongst the stinky open drains and emaciated livestock, asking  us for pencils so that they could - without school - teach themselves to write.

I remember my friend’s words, ‘Here you go love, have some chocolate with a heart’. It tasted just as its name said: Divine. And so through that chocolate bar I learnt about fair trade. I realised that we couldn’t change the world through charity or chocolate alone but these wee sprites were certainly savvy with their determined desire to learn. They understood the Power of the Pen.  And so now I soak up and write without preaching about everything that sits under the ethical, green and environmental umbrella in the hope it makes life that little bit sweeter for everyone.

And that is that!

Present: Travel Consultant, Enchanting India

July 2010 - Feb 2011: Communications Coordinator, Slow Food UK

Jan 2010 - Aug 2011: C mobile Advisory member, consultant & blog editor

Sep 2009 - July 2010: Editor, GreenMyStyle.com

Aug 2009 - March 2011: Chair, Health Products Standards Committee, Soil Association

Jan 2009 - Feb 2011: London Fairtrade Guide, Hand Up Media

Jan 2008 – Aug 2009: Home & Lifestyle Editor, Green Guide

Jan 2006 – Nov 2007: Editor and Operations Manager, New Consumer

Aug 2005 – Jan 2006: Volunteer Worker, Thomas Barnardo House, Kenya

July 2005: Assistant, Homeless World Cup 05, Edinburgh

March 2004 - 2005: Executive Ethical & Environmental Officer, Loughborough

Jan 2002 - May 2005: Volunteer Worker, Deep Griha Society, India

Temple time: Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2009