Professionally, I was a residential and day social worker in both the United Kingdom and the Netherlands before becoming a counsellor and psychotherapist. I currently live in South Wales where I am a director of a community interest company that offers wellbeing provisions and I am an active member of the my profession body’s Diversity & Social Responsibility Committee where I co-presented workshops in Conferences and my article “The Politics of Challenges in Capacity” was published in my professional body’s journal which I wrote in response to the governmental policy of austerity, the current benefits system, and the negative impact on people with disabilities.
Both my professional and political interests lie in particular unseen disabilities, power dynamics and access as a level playing field. More recently I found new ways to effect change as Disability Officer of Swansea West CLP (2018) and member of Labour’s Welsh policy forum (2019). I have been an active a member of Swansea Association Independent Living group for over 10 years, and more recently I belong to Swansea Council Disability Liaison Group, Leonard Cheshire’s Swansea Citizen’s Panel where we are campaigning and building relationships with Swansea Council to promote positive change.