I am a proud Londoner from Leyton, in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. I attended St Joseph’s primary school in Leyton and Walthamstow School for Girls in Walthamstow.
My mother came to England in 1973, having emigrated from the Caribbean island of Dominica, via New York and France. Mum was (and remains) a teacher and formidable community activist. She instilled in me the importance of civic duty and public service.
As a result, I became active in my local community as a school governor, got involved in the Leyton & Whipps Cross Community Council – becoming Vice Chair – and then a local councillor for Leyton ward. I was also honoured to serve as a school governor of George Mitchell school, in the Leyton ward, from July 2005 until late January 2008.
Academically, I have a First Class Honours Degree in European Studies with Modern Languages from the University of Manchester and a Master’s degree in Employment Relations from the London School of Economics. I also hold a Graduate Diploma in Law and successfully completed the Bar Professional Training Course in 2014.
In November 2014, I was Called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. I was deeply honoured to have my Call proposed by former Lord Justice of Appeal Sir Stephen Sedley, who is also a Master of the Bench at Inner Temple.
Professionally, before becoming a barrister, I worked as a Senior Policy Advisor to the conciliation service Acas; at the Trades Union Congress as a research assistant in its EU & International Relations department; at the European Commission in Brussels as a trainee speechwriter to Anna Diamantopoulou, then the European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs; as a Research Assistant for Nicky Gavron, Labour Deputy Mayor of London 2000-2008; and as Business Development Manager and Legal Caseworker at the Hackney Community Law Centre.
In November 2014, the Law Centres Network awarded me its Reita Clarke Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in recognition of my “award winning initiatives, (my) dynamism and creativity, and for (my) commitment to justice for the people of Hackney”.
Away from work – and volunteering duties as a trustee of the Voyage Youth charity – I love music (especially UK garage, classical, merengue and opera), the theatre, books, art, the cinema, restaurants, swimming, travelling and sleeping.