I have written for many specialist and mainstream publications. My focus is on health but also on engaging readers to talk about death, dying, bereavement and grief. As an expert by lived experience I'm passionate about breaking down taboos around these difficult conversations.
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"A powerful communicator, an advocate for excellent communication in healthcare...."
I'm a writer, journalist and campaigner. I use my experience and training as an Anthropologist and a marketing professional to try and make a difference to how people understand and talk about difficult subjects in medicine and healthcare.
I was born and raised in Wales but I've lived in London since 1990. London is my home town, I love it here.
For over 11 years my blog Was this in the Plan? has attempted to shine a light on the world of disability, palliative care and end of life planning.
I have openly shared the details of my life caring for a life-limited child, my husband’s diagnosis with terminal cancer and the death of both my husband and daughter just 13 months apart.
I speak regularly on the importance of having open conversations around death and dying in order to be able to focus on making the most of our finite time.
I have written for the BMJ, Marie Claire, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Pool, The Independent, Woman & Home and Mumsnet and have appeared regularly on TV and Radio as an expert on healthcare communications. I have spoken in parliament giving evidence to APPGs and to ministers.
I work closely with the Palliative Care team at Great Ormond Street to train medical professionals. I am also involved with the work of the children’s palliative care charity Together for Short Lives campaigning to raise awareness of the the importance of well funded paediatric palliative care.
When not writing & campaigning I escape from the challenges of parenting 3 millennials by running marathons, swimming in lakes and cycling in the Surrey Hills.