I joined the House of Commons Library in 1993. It was my first proper job after studying economics at Sheffield University. I definitely didn’t intend to move to ‘that London’ permanently, but here I am over 25 years later!
I started as a statistical researcher, providing information to MPs on a wide range of topics. It was hugely exciting to see my work being used in House of Commons debates. I particularly enjoyed the variety and researching new topics almost every day. After about 10 enjoyable years covering almost every policy area, I moved to a role in the House of Commons Information Office where I helped to inform the public about Parliament.
Since then, I’ve undertaken a range of leadership roles. I led one of our research teams before working on service improvement and change across the wider Research & Information team, which includes the Library. This involved looking at how our services meet customer needs, and where we can improve them or make them more efficient.
I’m currently in a role which combines leading on data and technology across the Library and working on a Parliament-wide project to make parliamentary data more accessible.
I’m really proud of the work we do. The best thing is colleagues I’ve worked with over the years. We’re a great team of many different talents who are hugely committed to our work. I also appreciate the flexibility of our workplace, especially as a foster carer.