My Story So Far

When I was 12 years old, I went to my first ever live gig at the Manchester Apollo. I sat behind the sound engineer and his mixing console, and I was transfixed – it suddenly dawned on me that there was a whole industry behind the music that I loved, and I wanted IN! From that moment on, I was determined to become a professional sound engineer and travel the world mixing concerts for great bands.
It took a hell of a lot of hard work and determination to even get a foot in the door – I was just a kid from a village in north of England, with no clue about anything technical, and there were virtually no women in the music business at that time (we still make up just 7% of the industry!) But I didn’t let anything put me off, and the more people said I couldn’t do it, the more determined I became. I wrote thousands of letters to everyone in the live music industry (to very little avail!) and eventually, after getting the train down to London three times a week to go to college, and spending unpaid time making tea and cleaning up in a recording studio, I was offered a job as a warehouse assistant and driver at a live sound equipment company in London. It was a long way from mixing Wembley Stadium, but I was so excited – it was a start! I worked my way up over time and the rest is history: for many years now I have been a professional sound engineer, touring worldwide to mix high-profile stadium and arena filling bands and artists like Westlife, Muse, Kylie Minogue, Anastacia, A-ha and Take That. I’ve also regularly been in charge of stage sound on the Pyramid Stage at the world’s biggest festival, Glastonbury. I love the thrill of a live performance, and being part of something that brings so much joy… and my inner 12 year old never gets over the thrill of living my dream!
Over the years I started to take better and better care of myself to cope with the demands of life on the road. I fell in love with yoga and self-development, and after years of my own dedicated practice I travelled to Bali to train as a teacher with Santosha Yoga Institute, and then trained as a holistic coach and counsellor with Inner Voyage Holistic Human Development in Melbourne.
After teaching for several years and returning to Bali for my 500 hour training, I studied yoga therapy at Yogacampus in London over a three year period, and graduated with honours as a Yoga Therapist (registered with Yoga Australia and accredited by the British Council for Yoga Therapy).
Now I tour internationally with bands  and often teach yoga to the performers when I’m on the road – I’m on a quest to help make rock’n’roll touring a healthier environment for the humans who make it happen, so that whether you’re performing onstage or working behind the scenes, we can enjoy longevity in our careers and keep creating that live music magic for audiences around the world.
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Articles and Interviews

Soundgirls profile: Talking about my career in the music business

PSN seminar: Video of my ‘Parky’ style, on-the-couch interview at the PSN seminar

AdventureYogi blog: Easy ways to restore your energy

Lighting and Sound International feature: Our set-up on tour with Shane Filan

Sonic Garage podcast interview: Talking about my career and what inspires me

Tease and Totes Wednesday Woman feature: Talking about my career and what inspires me

Sweaty Betty feature: Building a killer core

PLSN article (touring): What’s it like being a woman on the road in a male-dominated industry?

The Stage article (touring): Taking care of yourself when you’re travelling

Yoga International article (yoga/life): Yoga alignment cues that translate to everyday life!

Yoga International article (yoga/life): Building your yoga toolkit for everyday life

MindBody Green article (yoga/travel): Easy ways to take your yoga with you, no matter where you go

DoYouYoga article (healthy eating): Eating right when money’s tight

The Stage article (touring): The unglamorous side of the music business

Interview – Sarah Brightman: Talking about my set-up on the Sarah Brightman Dreamchaser tour

Interview – Sarah Brightman: Talking about my set-up on the Sarah Brightman Dreamchaser tour

Interview – Westlife: Talking about my set-up on Westlife’s Farewell tour

Santosha – article (yoga): Talking about my experience of my doing my teacher trainings in Bali

Interview – Anastacia: Talking about my set-up on tour with Anastacia

Interview – Kylie: Talking about my set-up on tour with Kylie

Interview – Anastacia: Talking about my set-up on tour with Anastacia

Interview – A-ha: Talking about my set-up on tour with A-ha

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