Originally from a small town in the Scottish Highlands called Nairn, I’ve spent much of my working life abroad. Over the past decade, I’ve worked as a journalist based in Brussels, Montreal and Edinburgh. Before that, I was a teacher in Mexico City, Santiago, the Gaza Strip and inner-city London.

My first job in journalism was with European Voice, a Brussels-based newspaper covering the nooks and crannies of EU politics, a world of big-money lobbying and press releases full of eurojargon. The experience taught me the value of stupid questions.

Hankering after the human factor, I decided to move to a big country with lots of snow and, well, a few humans: Canada. While I was there, I wrote about a lot of very Canadian things – beavers, maple syrup, mayors who smoke crack … I also learned how to shovel snow – lots of it.

I’m currently based in Bonnie Scotland, but regularly report from further afield. Over the past two years, I’ve covered stories like the Paris terrorist attacks and the Syrian refugee crisis. I mainly do print and radio.

What else? I’m highly fluent in French, moderately so in Spanish. Having a Chinese-Mauritian mum, I also speak Creole and broken Mandarin.

I have a post-grad journalism diploma from the UK’s National Council for the Training of Journalists and accreditation from the UK’s National Union of Journalists and the International Federation of Journalists .


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