This page lists my full studying and working history. My interests include fitness, yoga, reading, creative projects, and continual study of subjects such as human nature, neuroscience, philosophy, religion, communications, health, wellbeing, and spirituality. And I also love to cosy up with my family to watch a movie.
2:1 BA HONS English Language & Linguistics; University of Essex: top 150 departments in the world, top 10 in the UK (1998-01) Subjects; Analysing Language Structure, Introduction to Linguistics, Computer Applications, Introduction to Psychology, Child Language Acquisition, English as a Second Language; the Acquisition of Syntax, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, Language and Sex, Conversation and Social Interaction, Varieties of English, Linguistic Description of English, Language Variation and Change, Discovering Speech
4 A-Levels; Braintree College (1996-98) Subjects; English Language, General Studies, Information Systems, Psychology
10 A-C Grade GCSE; Tabor High School (1991-96) Subjects; Double English (A, B), English Literature (B), Mathematics (B), Business Studies (B), Art & Design (B), Religious Studies (B), Double Science (C, C), German (C)
Yoga & Fitness Instructor, Holistic Health Therapist Jan 2013 – Present
My fitness and yoga qualifications are outlined in full further down the page. I have taught various styles of fitness, yoga and wellbeing in the UK, USA and Australia; one-to-one, small and large groups, at gyms, studios, corporate environments, to athletes/boxers, and in schools, as well as in front of the camera, including Fitness 4 2 for couples on LoveTalk TV.
Public Relations & Communications Consultant: Written and Spoken DEC 2009- Present (2013-July 2015 Operated from Australia)
Operating under the business name Portal Public Relations (Dec-2009 to Dec-2016). Work includes business consultation, business development, project management, brand creation, copy text, profile building, social-media, press releases, media packs, blogs/CMS/Wordpress, SEO, basic Dreamweaver, interviews, creativity, event organisation, choreography, communications, B2B (business to business), B2C (business to consumer), crisis management, media relations, wellbeing at work.
INCLUDED: Editor of Holistic Therapist Magazine: the industry’s No.1 business guide (Sept 2011-Oct 2013): I launched the MD’s concept, and was in-charge of all editorial content, developing the house-style for print, writing, briefing, penultimate sub-editing (i.e. proofing, captions, headlines), and picture editing for the 68-page quarterly publication. HTM is a returning client for cover shoots, as well as some website management, and feature content.
My work has been published online, and in local, national and international press, for editing, ghostwriting, co-writing and writing… Including: Pride Magazine, Channel Five (online), FaceOn Magazine, Kindred Spirit, Hitched (online), Wedding Ideas Magazine (online), London Glossy, The Scene, and Om Yoga Magazine. I have edited manuscripts that have gone on to being published including Lisa Portolan’s See-Saw. I have also been hired as a voiceover, keynote speaker and presenter (live and filmed) for subjects including, business, parenting, wellbeing at home and at work, and professional relationships; working with brands such as Olympia Beauty, Hemsley Fraser, LoveTalk and The Chrissy B Show.
Private Tutor: Self-employed 2009-2010
English (Key Stage 1–5), Mathematics (Key Stage 2-4), Performance and Media (Further Education), Business Presentations and Public Speaking.
[Part-time, while raising my first child.]
English Teacher: Chalvedon School & Sixth Form September 2007-2009
Teaching English (Key Stage 3, 4 and 5) including lesson planning, exam invigilating, assessment and exam marking. Contributing to CPD sessions, and out-of-school fundraising events.
Actress – Model – TV/Radio Presenter: Self-employed 2001-2007
Working via agencies (initially part-time), and with direct bookings, managing my own accounts, and training other models for showroom and catwalk. Brands included: Armani, Vivienne Westwood, QVC, GMTV, OK Magazine, Alberto Ferretti, Orange, Samsung, Quiz TV, Lynx, BBC, Channel 4, LWR Radio to name a few.
INCLUDED: Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Love Pouting: the official modelling industry magazine (2005-2006): Running the business and compiling the 56-page bi-monthly magazine, writing features, conducting interviews and compiling key content, as well as liaising with clients, celebrities, organising and directing photo-shoots and events, editing and proofing content. Personally mentoring young models at the start of their career.
Assistant Producer (AP) – Guest Booker; FIVE Television 1999- 2003
Duties towards Channel 5’s live pre-school show, Milkshake, as well as Shake, and The Core: Dealing with presenters, PR and production companies; Organising web, and TV competitions, writing details and features for the web page, all according to current ITC regulations; vision mixing and using basic editing and four-machine equipment; liaising with record companies and PR agencies; writing content ideas and interview questions for the show; booking, meeting, briefing, and blocking-through links with VIP and celebrity guests; project management; producing, and directing several 5-10 minute slots and pre-recorded links; live TV presentation; organising events, including the staff children’s Christmas party; playing a significant role in the Channel 5 road shows; assisting the press department at Pepsi Chart; assistant floor managing, and dolly grip.
[Part-time while studying, and continued after graduating.]
Interviewer – Recruiter: The Field Work company 1996- 1999
Recruiting, and interviewing the public, on various products and concepts; meeting tight deadlines; conforming to quotas; dealing with quantitative and qualitative data; travelling; researching; events i.e. ‘London Fashion Week’; reporting to, and evaluating data for clients.
[Part-time, while studying.]
Pharmaceutical Assistant: Borno Chemist 1995-1996
Dealing with customers, prescriptions, over-the-counter medication and prescription medication, operating cash register, stock-taking, and general retail tasks.
[Saturday job, while still at school.]
School Days 1991-1996
During my time at school I was a member of the athletics team; the student council representative for year 7; I organised various fundraising events, including a fashion show, and a cake sale; I set-up a video rental club, and was on the journalism team for Newspaper Week, and participated in events.
Yoga, Holistic Wellbeing & Fitness Training
Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher: Yoga Trinity Teaching Training, Canberra, Australia, RYT 200hrs (285 hours) Registered and insured with Yoga Alliance Professionals CERTIFIED
Mental Health First Aid Adult 2-Day Course: Mental Health First Aid England, April 2017 (face-to-face, 16 hours). Learning includes: Spot the early signs of a mental health issue, provide help on a first aid basis, help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others.
Pranayama One-Year Foundation Course: Philip Xerri, Yoga Quests, 2016 (face-to-face and home learning over a period of a year, based on the teachings of Swami Gitananda). Techniques include: Mahat Yoga Pranayama, Sukha Purvaka Pranayama, Rhythmical Breaths, Cleansing Breaths, Purifying Breaths, Cooling Breaths, Mudras, Kriyas, Chakras, Chanting, Nadis, the Polarity Breath, Kapalbhati, Bhastrika, Bandhas, Koshas, Lesson Planning, Practical Breathing with Asana. CERTIFIED
Pranayama Post Graduate Course: Philip Xerri, Yoga Quests, March 4th 2017 – April 29th 2017 (Including 3 days face-to-face: 18 hours plus home practice over the two months). Techniques include: Further practice and development of Mahat Yoga Pranayama, Rhythmic Breathing, Anu Loma Viloma Kriya, Spiral Breathing, Classical, Pranava AUM and Asana, Pranayama Mudras and Kriyas, Pranayama and the Chakras, Kapalabhati and Bhastrika, Plavini Pranayama, Mantric variations of Anu Loma Viloma Kriya, The Granthis, Bandhas, Bhastrika, Variations on Sitkari Pranayama: Bhugangini Pranayama and Mudra, Chakra Pranayamas and Meditations, and Hang Sah Kriya.
Yoga Anatomy Principles Course: Leslie Kaminoff: (Online-New York), 2016 (100 plus hours of study recognised as approximately 20 non-contact hours). Subjects include: Breathing; Prana & Apana, Anatomical Shape-Change, Pelvic Diaphragm, Vocal Diaphragm, Intrinsic Equilibruim, Mahamudra. Spine; History, Architecture, 5 Movements of the Spine, Symmetry vs Balance, Iliopsoas, The Central and Autonomic Nervous System. Asana; Evolution and Development, Balance and Equilibrium, Yoga of the foot, Walking, Yoga of the Knee, Hip and Pelvic Articulation, Shoulder Girdle. CERTIFIED
Accessing the Body’s Inner Intelligence: Ben Wolff (8 face-to-face hours)
Breath for Life: Ben Wolff (3 face-to-face hours)
Total Yoga Nidra Online Foundation Course: Dr. Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Nirlipta Tuli, (and Ben Wolff). The Yoga Nidra Network. 2016 (14 hours).
Sleep Well with Total Yoga Nidra: Dr. Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Nirlipta Tuli. 2016 (8 hours)
Diploma in Mental Health Studies: AMEDD Center and School via Alison Online Courses (15 hours) CERTIFIED
Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method: Taught by the world’s leading Face Yoga Expert, Danielle Collins (12 hours) CERTIFIED
Mind Detox Practitioner: Mind Detox Academy; trained by creator and best selling author, Sandy C. Newbigging (UK) CERTIFIED
Group Exercise Studio Instructor: Aerobics & Body Conditioning: L2/CERT III – YMCA Fit (CYQ) CERTIFIED
Certified Les Mills Body Balance Instructor; trained in Australia, sponsored by Fernwood Woden Gym CERTIFIED
- Acting Training for Commercials: Peter Czajkowski (London)
- Acting: Monologues and Dialogues: (North-West London)
- Behaviour Management Training: Pivotal Education Ltd
- Working with Vulnerable People card: 17/03/2017
- Applied First Aid & CPR: St John Ambulance (2013- March 2016) – will be renewing.
- Driving: Full, clean UK licence for manual automobiles