Who Am I?

24601, naturally.  Or, for those who don't get the musical reference...

I’m an osteopath based in Solihull, and a former professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter. For those who follow these things, I was once ranked the #1 female flyweight in the world, and I the first British woman to compete in the UFC. These days I still train and coach Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but I spend more time putting people back together than taking them apart. When I'm not doing either of those things, I climb regularly (although not as well as my twelve year old son), read widely, write sporadically and play the piano (with variable results). 

My professional website for my osteopathy work is here. There are some more details about my MMA career and background on my Wikipedia page. This is my personal blog, and is where I write about whatever catches my interest.

I was always an unlikely sort of fighter. At school, I was a nerdy sort of kid, fascinated by numbers (and mostly terrified by people). I studied maths at Cambridge University, followed by a PhD in theoretical computer science. I've improved both my social skills and my ability to strangle people since those days, but I've kept my obsession for solving puzzles. 

I spend a lot of time thinking about how to do things better – playing sports, recovering from injury, getting stronger, learning new skills, critical thinking, relationships, parenting, politics, life in general. That’s reflected in much of what I write. If I bumped into a version of my eighteen year old self in an alternate universe, it’s the sort of thing I might chat to her about over a coffee or four.

All opinions subject to change without notice.

"Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement."