Journalist, writer and media commentator
In 2010, frustrated by many of the media headlines and negative coverage of Catholicism, I began a blog in defence of Catholic teaching and to reflect on UK current affairs and world events through the lens of a Catholic woman. What began as nothing more than personal musings designed to explain and propose controversial ethics and life issues to those who had struggled with them, or to de-bunk misleading narratives and headlines, soon mushroomed and popular posts would receive more than 30,000 unique visitors a day.
Between 2011 and 2017, I was a member of the organisation Catholic Voices, set up to promote the defence of Catholic teaching in the public square and made numerous media interventions on their behalf and quickly became the 'go to' voice for media organisations looking to represent a female conservative Catholic point of view.
Since 2013 I have written a weekly column for the Catholic Universe and have written for and featured in a number of other publications such as the Catholic Herald, the National Catholic Register, the Conservative Woman, Mercatornet, Crisis Magazine, LifeSiteNews and Church Militant. I used to write on Catholic culture at the now defunct Spectator Arts blog and I have been featured in the Daily Mail, the Observer and the New Statesman.
In 2013, I was included as part of the first cohort of the BBC's '100 women' and I regularly feature on BBC News, Sky News, ITV's Good Morning Britain, BBC Sunday Morning Live, the Big Questions and have made multiple appearances on Radio 4's flagship programmes Today programme, Woman's Hour, the Moral Maze and the Sunday programme as well as featuring in one-off documentaries. I presented the coverage for March for Life UK for EWTN and have contributed to News Nightly and Celtic Connections. I also frequently contribute to Talk Radio, LBC and BBC local radio as well as BBC Radio Ulster, discussing matters pertaining to Catholicism, feminism and the challenges of motherhood and family life.
I have participated in a number of debates at the Southbank Centre and university debating societies and delivered tailored talks to various Catholic parishes and societies.
I have an eclectic career background. I began my professional life as a student accountant for a big 5 firm before succumbing to a desire for travel and adventure and became a member of cabin crew working both long and short-haul routes for internationally acclaimed airlines. Having got the travel bug out of my system, I returned to work within investment banking and private equity in the City of London until my first child was born.
I currently have 5 children of school-age, four girls and one boy and am married to Robin, a Catholic priest who converted from Anglicanism, a few years after we married.
In print and online
A selection of published articles and comments
Putting oneself out there in the media is never easy and one of the ways you can support me is by the simple act of prayer. Producing media content is not the most lucrative of ventures and many publications run on a tight budget. If you like what I do and what I say, please consider donating via my Paypal link in order that I can keep doing this work in the future.