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 from avid doers who are proactive with their continuous professional development and career management.

I, and fellow avid doers, share articles and 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.

The site also provides readers with a behind-the-scenes peek into the process of me writing my latest book on career development.

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



I’m an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), HR policy specialist, and senior HR professional, advising managers how to look after their teams. 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.

You also need to check out the privacy statement.


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
  • Editing fully-cool stuff from guest writers
  • Chilling a bit after publishing my first real book
  • Reading ‘Psychology: A complete introduction’ by Dr Sandi Mann
  • Keeping in the loop on Twitter and LinkedIn (links 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)


Enjoy writing?

Enjoy career development, people management and/or the world of work?

If so, have you thought about writing an article for The Avid Doer?

It’s great to read insights from other professionals who are just as passionate about careers, management and the workplace – be it on occupational psychology, leadership development, learning, business, NLP, career management, changing careers, training or health and wellbeing in the workplace.

So if you would like to submit an article you’ve written to be published on The Avid Doer that you think the readers would like, I’d love to hear from you. Don’t worry, you don’t have to commit to a deadline or publishing schedule; you may want to submit one (ever!), or be a regular, or submit one or two here and there when inspiration hits. It’s your call.

If you write for your own blog or have a website, you can also link back to your own work in every article you write either in the body of text or in your author’s bio that accompanies every article you write. Ditto links to your social media accounts.

Have a quick read through a couple of pointers to consider, put an article together using your own unique writing style and viewpoint, and send it over for consideration using the email address mail [at] theaviddoer [dot] com.



I also write for other publications so let me know if you think my sort of stuff would be helpful on your blog, website or magazine.