Q: What is your job and what does your typical day involve?
A: Chief Operating Officer at Vitae VR. I manage the company day-to-day, including people and our external partnerships. I am responsible for fundraising and for keeping our finances in check. I am professionally obsessive about growing the company.
Q: How did you decide that you wanted to be a part of your industry?
A: The potential impact of what we can do with technology in medicine, specifically virtual reality is a compelling reason to be part of this industry. VR has the potential to allow us to understand the brain much better than we do now.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your industry?
A: I very much enjoy breaking new boundaries, which are doing all the time with VR.
Q: Since starting your job, what's your greatest achievement?
A: My greatest achievement is building a game that could potentially improve the lives of millions of mentally ill people worldwide.
Q: Where were you born, and what made you come to Bournemouth?
A: I was born in Lancashire, but was drawn to Bournemouth after a career overseas and in London due to the strength of the creative talent here and the fact that it is much cheaper to run a business here, compared to London.
Q: What do you remember about your first day at your job?
A: I remember feeling overwhelmingly excited about the prospects of VR as a technology and the potential this offered in medicine. I think I even said: "this is the future." I still believe that to this day.
Q: When you were a child, what did you want to be?
A: I wanted to be a barrister from the age of 6, until I got to University to study law and realised I needed a more creative job that allowed me to come up with ideas and make them happen.
Q: When was the last time you learnt something new?
A: Today. I am always learning. I work with neuroscientists who regularly tell me something I never knew about the way our brains work.
Q: What was your first job?
A: I was a European Civil Servant - the trade Advisor in a large transnational group of political parties - in the European Parliament in Brussels.
Q: How are your company's Christmas parties?
A: Heavy on the activities.... followed by a considerable amount of drinking, dancing and cheesy chips.
Q: What was the best advice somebody gave you?
A: If you've got a good idea, get up off your butt and do it. Don't to it tomorrow. Do it now and don't look back. Be fearless.
Q: What would you name the autobiography of your life?
A: Never Give Up