I’ve been working as a journalist for 20 years. I began my career as a local newspaper reporter before moving to The Sunday Times and ITV. I spent six years as Editor of IdeasTap, a charity that helped young people to build careers in the arts and media.
As a freelance writer and photographer I’ve been lucky enough to work on stories in Afghanistan, Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, India, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda. Since 2015, however, I’ve focused my attention closer to home, launching the long-term documentary project South London Stories, which explores some of the harsher aspects of life in the part of London that has been my home for the last 23 years.
It is ongoing, and I work with more than a dozen small, local charities and NGOs to highlight the vital and underreported work that they do, and tell the extraordinary stories of some of the people they help, often over many months or in some cases - such as Mirela's - years.