I was born in 1983 and grew up in the Buckinghamshire village of Emberton, but at the age of sixteen I moved with my family to a remote and rain-soaked corner of the Scottish Highlands.
After leaving school, I spent a year travelling around the world and volunteering as a school teacher on Pentecost Island in Vanuatu. The next three years were dominated by an assortment of part-time jobs and further overseas adventures, including popping pills on a Bolivian mountaintop in the name of science and counting frogs in the Belizean jungle. I also got a Biology degree from the University of Edinburgh. After graduating, I spent a year tutoring biology at Basil Paterson College in Edinburgh.
In 2006, I returned to the South Pacific, spending nearly three years back amongst the islands, the coconuts, the coral fragments, the hibiscus flowers and the biting insects. There I worked as a science teacher, and helped to document endangered Melanesian languages.
Back in Britain, I completed a Masters in Ecological Economics, then went to work for consultancy PwC. This led to an exciting role with iSchool, a Zambian start-up developing interactive learning materials for schools.