Previous work: Vanessa started her career at the BBC, working on a range of community engagement campaigns such as People’s War (an online archive of World War Two experience), The Big Read (finding the UK’s best loved books), and Breathing Places (creating spaces for nature). After a career break to bring up her two children, Vanessa then worked as a primary school Teaching Assistant. More recently, she coordinated Reading Oasis, a literacy campaign for the charity United Way UK which places library resources into primary schools.
Other interests: Vanessa has always been passionate about working on campaigns which engage local communities and affect positive social change. She is a volunteer Events Manager for The National HIV Story Trust, a film archive which preserves the history of those affected by the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 90s. Vanessa has a degree in English, Film and Drama from Reading University.