I grew up in Devon, England, where I went to my local state schools, before studying BA History at the University of Warwick. I specialised in the History of Medicine for my PhD and held research and lecturing posts at the University of Manchester, King’s College London, and the University of Leicester.
As an expert in social and medical history, I have written and spoken widely about histories of migration, medicine, and health, appeared as an expert historian for TV and radio in the UK and internationally, and in publications including History Today and Neurology Times.
In 2016 I worked with a national migraine charity to digitise and develop a website for the Migraine Action Art Collection, now acquired permanently by the Wellcome Library.
From 2019-2021 I was Research and Communications Officer for the Royal Historical Society, including website and social media management, projects on data protection, open access publishing, and equality within the history profession.
In 2021 I made a move into local politics.