What was your first job? Monitoring famine relief for Christian Aid and Cafod in Ethiopia.
What does your current role involve? Developing and delivering management training to non-profit organisations.
Roughly outline your career path. In the early 1990s, I worked for a number of NGOs on relief and development projects in Ethiopia. The work ranged from emergency relief to lobbying the UK Government to support Ethiopian NGOs. In 1998, I joined Catholic Relief Services and led its Africa programme support team, before helping the organisation develop and implement a new strategy.
This is where I discovered the joys of facilitating and training. After seven years living and working in the US, I finally returned to the UK to pursue my passion for training in the non-profit sector.
What training or course has most enhanced your career? In 2001 I completed a three-day course called 'The Masterful Trainer' with the Interaction Institute for Social Change in Boston, US. I learned skills that I now use every time I train people. The course contributed to my decision to become a full-time trainer.
What has been your greatest career achievement? I'm proud of the work I did that resulted in Catholic Relief Services establishing an HIV/Aids programme in South Africa.
What is your advice to people starting out in this sector? Persevere. It's sometimes hard to get the breaks, but if you know what you want and are prepared to work for it, they will come.
Are there any charities that you support financially? I regularly donate money to Oxfam. I also give money to an organisation based in the US called Men Can Stop Rape, which works with young people to prevent violence against women.