Education:Oxford University and Southampton University
Qualifications:MChem (Chemistry) and MSc (Audiology), A-levels in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and French
Work History:Hammersmith Hospital and Royal Gwent Hospital
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board – the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport
Favourite thing to do in my job: Helping people to understand about the science I find interesting
I am an scientist, mum of two and always like to be busy.
I live in a village in South Wales, not far from Cardiff, with my husband and two boys (and a couple of leopard geckos 🦎🦎).
🎼 Music is a big part of my life. I play the piano and sing, and I love discovering new music to listen to. I have a kiln which I use to make jewellery from glass and metal clay. To keep fit, I go running and swimming (sometimes the kids join me). I love taking photographs of things which make me think of fairies. I used to like reading to explore my imagination, but now I paint or write.
I am the kind of person who always has a few wonderful friends. Other people might think I am quiet and boring, but they don’t know me!
...is all about ears!
Audiology is all about hearing and balance.
I test people’s hearing and help them to use the hearing they have – no matter how good or bad it is. I sometimes give them hearing aids or ask the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctors to treat them.
I check whether the ‘balance’ part of peoples’ ears are working. This often makes them feel dizzy, and every now and again it makes them sick (🤢 oops!).
I sometimes do tests to try and find out whether people are telling the truth about not being able to hear. Other days, I might write letters or help to organise things in my hospital department. I sometimes write magazine articles or information about Audiology for other people to read online.
My Typical Day
I don't have one! Each day is different and I have lots of hobbies.
I work part time, so sometimes I am at work all day and other days just for the morning. Every week at work is different – it depends what needs to be done. When I am at work, I try and get as much done as I can, so the days seem to go quickly.
I enjoy the days when I pick my boys up from school and take them to music lessons or sports clubs. We always have dinner together as a family. The biggest challenge of every day is getting our boys to bed! 🛏
What I'd do with the prize money
Give the local school the tools to run exciting science workshops
Our local school runs regular science workshops for all the children – from slime making in the infants to electronics design in years 5-6. They have some ideas to take these workshops to a more ambitious level and I would like to offer them all the kit they need to put these ideas into action.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Honest, thoughtful, determined
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
I like science, I like sound, I have careful hands - I just knew it would suit me
What was your favourite subject at school?
Maths 📈 and music 🎵
What did you want to be after you left school?
A musician or forensic scientist
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Only when I was trying to get out of PE lessons! 🏃♀️
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Doing something to try and improve the environment
Who is your favourite singer or band?
So many... James is probably my all time favourite. I mostly listen to classical music
What's your favourite food?
Good dark chocolate 🍫
What is the most fun thing you've done?
🏍 Riding through France on the back of my husband's motorbike
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1 - To be able to stop time for everything but me, 2 - To be able to change peoples' minds, 3 - To breathe underwater (or maybe fly...)
Tell us a joke.
What do you call a rabbit with fleas? Bugs Bunny! 🐰