My role is to co-produce the development of the UCL Centre for Co-production in Health Research together with members of the public, patients, health professionals, community groups, charities and researchers.
I started my career in events management and marketing, including several years in Sydney, Australia before I returned to England to complete an MA. I then worked for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust charity helping NEETs get their first step on the ladder whilst also supporting elite athletes in their retirement. Following this role, I worked for an agency managing a sponsorship activation for the London 2012 Paralympics, in learning and development provision for a Sector Skills Council, and then spent several years at Sport England supporting community organisations to deliver physical activity and health related behaviour change projects. From here, I moved to UCL.
I have worked for a number of different organisations across health, physical activity and sport, from charities and start-ups, to government related bodies, to large agencies; however, all of these roles have had a focus on public and community engagement. As such, I am passionate about co-production, about all parties communicating on a level playing field and about ensuring academic and commercial organisations are aware of the value gained from engaging in a two-way conversation with patients, members of the public and local community organisations to co-produce research.