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; a learner’s documentary and insight into people development, leadership skills and career management, but in useful and quick-to-read snippets.

Learning this way, for me, and you as the reader, means that knowledge is absorbed, shared, and transferred in short bursts and snappy ‘How to’ guidance.

From business psychology to people development; from career management to leadership soft skills; and from employee engagement to workplace culture management; this is where I shove all my thoughts and discoveries into one spot, refining them into concise and useful titbits of insight for readers (with any luck).

Check out fresh entries on the Journal.

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

I’m an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and senior HR professional. I’m also an HR writer, career development blogger, 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


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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 for my Chartered MCIPD application – I’m hoping to apply via the experience route some time in 2019/20
  • Conducting research for a book I’m thinking of writing on employee/employer partnership for professional development (although as the research takes on a life of its own, the nature of the book might change)
  • Reading ‘The Wisdom of Strategic Learning’ by Ian Cunningham…again
  • Also reading ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ by Robin Sharma – thought provoking stuff so far
  • Writing tasty recipes for my food blog
  • 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


It’s great to read insights from other peeps, so if you would like to write an article for The Avid Doer that you think the readers would like, please get in touch.

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.