I was just a few years into my music industry career in London when I unexpectedly became a single mum of twins. It took me a few years to get back on my feet again work wise, and I remained a single parent for most of 18 years, juggling my career and my home life responsibilities. This has given me great empathy and insight into any parent trying to work in music and was why I have been so supportive of the work of PiPA. It was an honour to join the board two years ago.
I was able to make something of my career by working in small companies with understanding CEOs who allowed a degree of flexible working. I studied for an MBA (distance learning, in the evenings) and eventually myself became CEO of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors. I left there two years ago and am now a music industry consultant and campaigner for greater diversity and inclusion in the music industry.
I am also a director of the Board of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, the Interim Director of Strategy at Attitude is Everything, a charity focused on disabled accessibility in music, and I am researching for a PhD at Queen Mary University focused on women’s careers in the music industry.