I love science, all of it. I love maths, particularly geometry. I love art. I think everyone is a scientist and artist at heart.
I am often asked how my career developed. In short, I studied Environmental Microbiology at the University of Aberdeen. After some travelling, I did a few years in a research lab and decided that I preferred communicating the wonder of science rather than counting cells with a microscope. That revelation led to a short stint as a teaching assistant in a primary school where I realised that I love working with children. This led to becoming the Education Officer at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh where I loved taking the portable planetarium out to schools and libraries. After five years I moved back to the North East to become Public Engagement Manager at the Centre for Life. Six and a half years later I decided to work freelance in order to take on more challenging and varied projects. I have really enjoyed working for myself for the last five years. I have collaborated with so many amazing people and worked on so many great projects all over the UK and abroad.
I have done quite a bit of art too, I did drawing night courses at Edinburgh College of Art. I have a SCOTVEC in pottery and an addiction to jewellery making courses. I love making stuff and find a laser cutter a really useful tool. I am trying to improve my photography skills.
I think it important to make time to play, to learn through doing whether you are a child or an adult. I find the greatest satisfaction in being the person who facilitates this process for others.
Good to Know
I am proficient in writing risk assessments for festivals and smaller events.
I have public liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance. I am also insured for Forest School activities including campfires. I love telling a story around a campfire.
I have enhanced DBS.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
We are all more aware of mental health issues in children these days. I have a Level 2 Mental Wellbeing in Children and Young People qualification. I have just completed a Level 3 Diploma in Child Psychology and recently attended a course on Resilience in children and young people run by Young Minds.
March 2019 Calling the Soul Back Home- Selkie myths with Janis Mackay Scottish Storytelling Centre