I grew up loving nature and, following time spent in Asia working on a conservation project, I went on to study Biology at University. I worked as a volunteer in Sri Lanka after the Tsunami and, having seen the invaluable work of the medics there, realised medicine was the career for me.! I returned to University and, in 2011, qualified as a doctor. I have since worked in a variety of specialties; from Oncology to Respiratory medicine, Emergency Care and General Practice, as well as spending time in the Health Sciences Research Department at York University working on a systematic review of sports based intervention for HIV/AIDS education and prevention. I still love travel and the outdoors and completed an expedition medicine training course in Chamonix, this was hugely valuable for a project I aided in Cambodia earlier this year, implementing a health education programme for a charity run orphanage.
Following my diagnosis with a Desmoid Tumour 2 years ago I have been balancing life as a doctor with life as a patient. I became involved with Trekstock during my first round of chemotherapy and was inspired by the refreshing outlook they have and the amazing energy they bring to the field. I hope the combination of experience in clinical medicine and public health in the UK and abroad as both a doctor and patient will bring a useful outlook to the board.