Hello. Tell us about who you are & what your role is at OpenCorporates.
I’ve joined the OpenCorporates team as an Account Manager. I will be working to support and grow OpenCorporates corporate clients to support the public mission of the organisation as much as possible.
I’ve spent the last 5-6 years working in Open Data both at the Open Data Institute and central government. I am passionate about open company data and excited to be a part of an organisation that is making a real positive impact on the world.
What drew you to OpenCorporates?
So much! The mission, the team and their ambition, the pace and working culture… but mainly because we get free cookies at 3pm everyday (this is a joke!).
I’ve known Chris Taggart and the team pretty much since conception (when they were incubated at the ODI HQ offices), I’ve watched them develop, grow and make an impact.
After six years of operation, OpenCorporates is changing their corporate structure, and as such, the organisation is in an interesting phase of rapid growth. I’m hoping I can bring my experience of working with fast paced startups to help OpenCorporates be the biggest and best open company database in the world.
Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in the suburb of Enfield, North London, a place I still call home.
What’s your favourite childhood snack?
Toffee crisps helped me get through my GCSE’s.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
I’ve been fortunate enough to do a fair bit of travel in my lifetime but London always feels like home to me. I love the severity of the seasons, London is open, has a great tech scene and most of my family and friends reside here too!
What do you like doing in your spare time?
Fitness and travel are a big part of my life. I teach gym classes part time and last year I combined my love of travel and fitness by completing my first ever marathon in Uganda (after a week of volunteering with local charities which included building a playground for a community of children with learning difficulties and making sanitary products for women in prisons).
What’s your favourite book/movie/tv show and why?
Books – Sapiens and Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari.
TV shows – Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders, Blue Planet II.
Movies – Dirty Dancing because no one puts baby in the corner!