My job is all about communication - from deciding the best way to communicate a message through to broadcasting it effectively, keeping all the stakeholders consulted, informed and engaged throughout the process. It's a role that requires a lot of listening, understanding, organisation, planning, clear-sightedness, negotiation, decision making and collaborative working.
I have extensive experience and training in many creative areas, including concept development, interviewing, writing and editing. I'm also digitally literate and competent across a range of technological equipment, programmes and applications.
a good communicator - and I know that good communication is two-way.
a problem solver - I'm optimistic and pragmatic, and I love a challenge!
a forward planner - I'm organised and efficient.
an independent thinker - I'm not afraid to challenge "groupthink".
well informed - I research issues thoroughly and from many perspectives.
hard working - I have a very strong work ethic and I don't sleep much!
creative - I can imagine different possibilities - and then realise them.
committed - I care deeply about what I do and I do not give up.
Above all else, I get things done!
My two literature-based degrees mean that I am extremely good at reading, understanding and analysing long and weighty texts - a skill I find very useful when reading States billets!
One of my academic strengths is that I am good at seeing issues in the round. I have as good an eye for fine details as I do for the bigger picture.
My academic career taught me the importance of thorough, well-rounded research. For me, strong opinions must be grounded in good information and should welcome scrutiny and debate. I am always open to reason.
I have worked with the States at political level and at department level - mainly the Public Services Department and the Environment Department, and to a lesser degree the Education Department and Home Department as well. I have a very practical understanding of how things work from strategy through to implementation... and how things could improve!
I've also been a keen observer of the States for many years, which has helped me build an understanding not just of our recent political history but also of our political procedures.
I am under no illusion as to the level of commitment and responsiveness it takes to be an effective representative of the people.