When I was younger, I loved to explore and for much of my twenties I was smitten by the travel bug. I whetted my appetite with Europe and Central America before deciding to take the huge leap into the unknown, leaving my comfortable marketing role in London with the BBC and spending the next few years travelling around the globe.
I was in awe of the people I met, the excitement of not knowing what each day would bring, the freedom to roam wherever the next whim would take me and the vast scope of independence.
Several years into my travels, after various jobs all over the world, I stumbled upon Zambia, a large landlocked country in the middle of sub-saharan Africa which many people confess to knowing little about, and my heart danced for joy.
Being a charity, we didn’t have the budget to pay for updates to our website, so I decided to learn to do it myself.
I will never forget the overwhelm, the confusion and the long nights I spent looking for solutions.
But the feeling of liberation and empowerment when I had broken through the learning process was something that I had to share.
So on my return to the UK, I made it my mission to help small business and entrepreneurs who were facing the same problems I had, and I set up my own agency a year later.
I’m passionate about helping small business owners because taking control of their online marketing is such an empowering skill, and one which will ensure that they achieve the visibility that they crave.
I woke up each morning to the sound of baboons clattering across my roof, and falling asleep each night to the sound of hippos munching their way around my wooden hut. It was a glorious existence.
When the rains came and we had to ship out of the valley, I left that idyllic life to work as Marketing Director of an African charity which was running programs in the area where I had been based. Combining education and anti-poaching programs, we aimed to make a real difference to people’s lives on the ground, and preserve the precious and abundant wildlife in the area.
This was in 2002 and marks a turning point in my life as I started to truly understand the power of the internet.
I feel privileged to have worked through an incredible couple of decades of change in this industry and to have been able to have provided guidance for so many of my amazing clients through the ever-changing landscape of online marketing, from websites and landing pages to email marketing and lead generation.
Now I live in Suffolk with my husband, our two young boys, and our beloved German Shepherd, and deliver my signature program, Rock That Website, which teaches small business owners how to create their own client-attracting website with ease and confidence.