I first came across Fifth Sense after learning about the organisation on Twitter. At the time, I have to admit, I knew very little about smell and taste disorders but it didn’t take long for me to recognise that my episodic smell hallucinations (cigarette smoke) and my brother, who has a learning disability and autism, being acutely sensitive to smells were formally recognised conditions.
From that first chance encounter on social media, I was delighted to join Fifth Sense in early 2020 and be part of a great team all working together to make a positive difference to people living with a smell and/or taste disorder. l bring 15 years NHS operational experience with me, I’m a qualified teacher, have an MSc in Healthcare Leadership and am a graduate of the NHS Leadership Academy Nye Bevan programme, all of which I will use to champion the importance of the senses of smell and taste, collaborate with others, engage with vital research and develop support for people affected by smell and taste disorders.
I’m lucky to live in Morecambe Bay, where the lakes meet the sea, and am currently (slowly) walking my way through the 214 Wainwright fells. We are also keen quizzers – but I’m resisting my children’s ambition to see me appear on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.