Following a baptism of fire in local newspapers I joined The Herald in 2003. I write features for all areas of the paper with a particular interest in reportage pieces and real life stories, both quirky and compelling. I'm also interested in health and wellbeing and in Scotland's great outdoors. My career low was, as a cub reporter, being sent to the official opening of a set of traffic lights. My most memorable job was travelling to Bosnian mountain villages to interview survivors of genocide.
There are half a million people with cancer currently in the workforce, contributing £16 billion a year to the UK economy.
However, thousands more are being held back because of lack of support. While work can be vital in helping cancer sufferers rebuild their lives, research shows that negative experiences at work can lead to a triple whammy effect; the trauma of diagnosis and treatment; job loss or bad experience at work and collapse in self-esteem.
Outside Prestatyn Magistrates' Court in Wales, nine online bullies – who had named and vilified a teenage rape victim – struggled to conceal their identities behind umbrellas and documents after being ordered to pay compensation for their vile actions.
In contrast to their apparent shyness, each had used Twitter and Facebook to spout venom towards the 19-year-old following the rape conviction in April of footballer Ched Evans. The former Wales and Sheffield United player had been sentenced to five years in prison.
The long and winding driveway to Carbeth Guthrie House has the effect of filling any visitor with a mounting sense of anticipation. Indeed, when the handsome white Georgian building finally comes into view, it doesn't disappoint. The whole scene, with lavish scenery which stretches to Dumgoyne hill, has a filmic sense of grandeur.