I grew up in the Ise of Wight and I began designing books for my dolls when my dad taught me imposition. We folded pieces of paper into eight, unfolded them and drew the pages in what seemed like a higgledy piggledy order. The magic happened when we re-folded the paper and cut the edges, a flat sheet of paper became a book with the pages in the right order (most times). I was hooked!
I went on to study Graphic Design at Portsmouth College of Art and then I moved to London where I found my first job with the PR department at The Scout Association where I designed their promotional material. Following on I had a couple of jobs on the periphery of advertising and then I applied for a book designer job. I didn't get it but I realised that book publishing was where I wanted to be. The next interview was at William Collins (HarperCollins) and I stayed with them for 9 years.
Moving on to work freelance on a combination of illustrated books and partworks, I art directed food photography for Marshall Cavendish and Dorling Kindersley. I have worked in-house on health, fitness and lifestyle for Dorling Kindersley, pop up books for Quarto Childrens and National Trust titles for Anova. My freelance clients include BBC Books, Bloomsbury, Cico, HarperCollins, Octopus, Pavilion, Quantum, Quarto US and Quercus.