My first degree was in Critical Theory/Communication Studies at Nottingham Trent University. I subsequently worked in the NHS in Brighton, London and Glasgow in a variety of public health roles, primarily related to sexual health, blood-borne viruses and substance misuse.
I moved to Scotland in 2006 to work as Programme Manager for Hepatitis C in the Publlic Health Protection Unit at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. During this time I spent a year on part-time secondment to the World Health Organisation as Consultant with the Viral Hepatitis section, and drafted the Manual for the development and assessment of national viral hepatitis plans.
I have postgraduate diplomas in Health Service Management (Greenwich School of Management, 2006) and Public Health (University of Glasgow, 2017), and am planning to complete a Masters in Public Health at the University of Stirling.
In October 2017 I started in post as Research Coordinator for the Drugs Research Network Scotland (DRNS). This is a national, strategic research collaboration designed to address the issues of problem drug use and recovery in Scotland.
The DRNS has received 3-years' funding from the Scottish Funding Council to develop a sustainable infrastructure and programme of work around substance misuse and recovery. Our work is designed to implement the Scottish National Research Framework for Problem Drug Use and Recovery.