A retrospective on what one has learned is a defined, finite, and perhaps censored perspective. A reflection on what one is learning is a broad, ongoing, and candid documentary.

This is fundamentally the purpose of The Avid Doer: sharing first-hand, real-life success stories, advice and insight on continuous professional development and career management.

I share some first-hand insight to inspire you to strive to get what you want out of your career by managing your continuous professional development.

Check out fresh entries on the Journal.

“Become a documentarian of what you do” – Austin Kleon.


I’m a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and senior HR policy specialist. I’m also an HR writer, career development blogger and editor, author of  the book ‘HR Beyond the Theory‘, HR mentor, international speaker*, hungry learner and documentarian. Oh, and an avid doer, of course.

I live in the Peak District, UK, with my husband. He’s an avid doer too, and an awesome writer.

*I was a speaker once at an international conference,  so I’m milking it for all it’s worth


It is important to note that any advice or guidance offered on The Avid Doer is for information only, and should not be used as legal advice. The articles are written from what I, or the guest writers have experienced and learned through independent learning, and are written purely from my own point of view (or those of the guest writers). At no point do these opinions or the advice reflect those of my employer, past and present, nor the work I am doing, or have done with them. Please seek the assistance of a legal professional if you require support.

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Besides the day job as a senior HR professional, this is what I’m working on right now:

  • Writing semi-cool stuff for this blog and other publications
  • Building up my portfolio to apply for Chartered CIPD membership in 2020
  • Working through my APM PPQ course
  • Chilling a bit after publishing my first real book
  • Reading ‘Mastery’ by Robert Greene
  • Keeping in the loop on LinkedIn (link below)


Elsewhere, I write for other publications. I have plans for making this list progressively longer.

HR Zone – this link takes you to all of the articles I’ve written for HR Zone in one handy list.

ICS Learn: ‘Real stories’ – an account of my experience of being a distance learning student

ICS Learn: HR Career Advice – I share my thoughts on joining, and progressing through the HR profession

Become Coaching and Training – in this article I write about 5 steps to manage your team’s career development (for managers)