I was born and brought up on small town English council estates. I have worked in a variety of industries and held positions that required little training to those in professional settings. I was employed by the NHS as a technician for five years and as a manager in a producing-theatre for five years before completing my BSc. I have completed undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Anthropology, the MA focused on conflict and international development. Since then I have worked in Indonesia for five years on various community-based initiatives. I have also facilitated projects in the UK and in 2009/2010 I visited Gaza, Palestine. I work and write on a number of issues from gender and sexuality to racism and development. I am currently engaged in community-based research projects and studying for an MSc in feminist social research methods.