About Me

TLDR: I began my career as a primary school teacher, moved on to run Code Club in the UK and now work as a Product Manager at FutureLearn. I also sing in a metal band.

Now

I work at FutureLearn where I am the Product Manager for the learner experience. I own the strategy and roadmap for this area of the business and lead an interdisciplinary team (UX, technology, data, community, CRM and content) which is focussed on increasing learner retention.


The Past

I studied Sociology BSc at the London School of Economics and then did a Primary PGCE at Goldsmiths.

I was a primary school teacher from 2006 to 2013. Some highlights include:

  • starting the first Code Club in the world and the kids being in all the newspapers because of it
  • coordinating ICT during the era when Michael Gove scrapped the curriculum
  • creating Small Talks (TED Talks made by kids)
  • writing an angry article for WIRED about ICT in primary schools
  • teaching in the middle of Soho for three years at a tiny, creative school
  • being a mentor for London South Bank University and working with wonderful trainee teachers 
  • being part of a British Council funded pilot project which involved studying Turkish in Istanbul and working in a school there for two weeks

I worked at Code Club from 2013 to 2015. Some high points were:

  • being the first full-time employee and inventing my own responsibilities!
  • growing a brilliant community of volunteers in the UK
  • hiring an entire team of incredible people
  • forming ace partnerships with the likes of Google, Samsung & ARM
  • meeting tonnes of MPs from all parties on a Google & Code Club national roadshow (ask me to do my impression of Theresa May's handshake)

I used to be in an indie pop band called Internet Forever. We did some cool stuff like: