I’m a mathematician, maths communicator and former teacher. I travel the UK and internationally giving talks and workshops in schools, at science festivals, teacher conferences and at comedy nights.
Schools, teachers, families: I give mathematics talks and workshops through Think Maths (an organisation founded by stand-up mathematician Matt Parker) and in a personal freelance capacity. In addition to visiting schools in the UK and internationally, I speak at Rob Eastaway’s Maths Inspiration events (interactive maths talks in theatres for teenagers) and frequently give talks for students at AMSP enrichment days. I also talk and lead CPD sessions at teacher conferences and have given family maths talks at the Cheltenham Science Festival and at the Royal Institution.
Other audiences: I also enjoy communicating mathematics to adults in other settings. I have talked about maths on BBC Radio 4 and have performed mathematical comedy sets for adults at events such as Robin Ince’s variety show Nine Lessons and Carols for Curious People, at the Cheltenham Science Festival variety night and regularly at An Evening of Unnecessary Detail (a guest night run by the Festival of the Spoken Nerd). I also performed in the heats of the 2019 Funny Women Stage Awards competition.
Background: I have a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy (within Natural Sciences). I completed a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics at the University of Oxford and then taught in state secondary schools in Oxfordshire and London. After teaching, I entered the world of maths communication with a position at the Royal Institution where I managed a national network of school maths enrichment classes. I now work with Matt Parker where in addition to giving talks, I run the other aspects of Think Maths including making resources for teachers, and organising events such as Maths Fest.