I split my time between building websites for clients, writing (copywriting and journalism) and some consultancy. I’m happy to explore opportunities or collaborations, basically anything that sounds interesting and where I think I can contribute.
My background is in managing charities and in 2007 I moved to Sheffield to work as the Director of the Let’s Get Cooking programme for the Children’s Food Trust. Unfortunately this does not mean that I am a cordon bleu cook, I did the more mundane stuff – working on the partnerships and the strategic and operational management of the programme. I had the good fortune to work with a really exceptional team (some of who actually were cordon bleu cooks) and starting from scratch we developed Let’s Get Cooking to become the largest healthy cooking programme in the country with over 5,000 affiliated clubs.
Life doesn’t always turn out as planned and in 2013 I took a sabbatical and spent most of my time parenting my two teenage children which has (mostly) been an enjoyable experience. Alongside operating as a teenagers’ taxi service I have done some consultancy work, most recently working with Sheffield Quaker Meeting House, reviewing their room hire business and helping Opus Independents with their strategic planning.
In 2001 I built my first website with Microsoft Frontpage. It was not a thing of great beauty but it worked. Nowadays, in terms of web-building tools, I use mainly Squarespace, for sites where design is the key element, and Shopify, if the focus is more on e-commerce. My most recent sites are www.arnoldandco.store ( a new Sheffield menswear store with a large online product range) and www.kimbaxterphysiotherapy.co.uk.
I have always enjoyed writing, and journalism has been a side project for many years. As a freelance journalist I have written for the Sheffield Star and Now Then, and in the past I have written for the Guardian, Community Care, Cycling Weekly, Cycle Sport, Cycling Plus, MBR, Winning and XL. I have also written successful funding bids for a number of charities, ranging from small niche projects to multi-million pound national consortia programmes.
I am currently doing more copywriting than journalism and my current clients include Forge Denim, a new Sheffield based clothing company, and St Wilfred’s Centre, a charity working with vulnerable adults.
In my spare time I spend more money than I should on clothes and keeping our ageing cat supplied with very expensive drugs, and I cycle around the Peak District, although the speed seems to have dropped a bit since my racing days…