I graduated from the University of Leicester with a BA in English Literature and the History of Art. After an initial career as an event manager in the arts and charity sector, I retrained at Chichester College (Brinsbury) and Guildford College (Merrist Wood). 

I qualified in 2008 with my RHS Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Horticulture. I have over a decade of hands-on experience developing gardens, and thrive on constantly learning and implementing new skills.

In my free time I enjoy visiting museums and galleries, coastal walking, playing table tennis and avidly supporting Surrey Scorchers basketball club.