I first started learning sign language in 1986 when I was a youth and community worker in Manchester, working with homeless young people. My goal was to increase access to young deaf people, and I achieved my Level 3 qualification with this in mind. In the mid-1990s, I decided to pursue a career in sign language interpretation and enrolled on the course at Wolverhampton University.
During my training, I worked as a CSW before joining the interpreting team at RNID in Manchester. I qualified in 1999 and have since worked as a freelance interpreter.
I work primarily within secure mental health settings and within the community.
I also interpret:
- Training events
- LGBTQI+ events
- Access to Work
I was delighted to receive a FASLI award in 2020 for my commitment to developing supervision to support the work of sign language interpreters.