Having worked as a professional in Human Resources for local government for over 10 years, youth work certainly was not an area I was particularly familiar with.

My career began in Human Resources after graduating with a Masters degree from Nottingham University in Occupational Psychology in 2002 and working my way to becoming a qualified HR Advisor and attaining my CIPD accreditation in 2009. At present, I enjoy my role as a HR Advisor supporting schools and Academies, which has exposed me to many areas and challenges within the education sector. In my spare time, I enjoy Bollywood dance and worked at a local dance academy for over 11 years, teaching young people from as little as 3 yeas old to seniors 50+, which led me to have an active interest and involvement in our local community and the opportunities available for our young people. Having met Tejash Patel through my work at the dance school, his drive and enthusiasm for youth work inspired me to become involved in COG, and the hopes and aspirations it sets out to achieve. My professional expertise enables me to support COG with all HR and Safeguarding matters, whilst providing me opportunities to learn new skills alongside the young people that COG supports. As a young mother of twins, a boy and girl, I am keen to continue participating in youth work in the hope I can inspire my children to also become involved when they are older.