I have been a social worker for many years, previously working  with young people leaving care.  A career break in 2008 enabled me to complete my MSc by Research, which focused on female careleavers, and explored the impact of social work intervention on their experiences of pregnancy and parenthood. Latterly, I have worked with older people with Dementia and acute mental illness.  My PhD brings together some of my favourite subjects and will explore the Ageing Experience of Women who Identified with Punk Music. Outside of work and academia, running keeps me sane and – possibly unsurprisingly – a blast of loud music is guaranteed to improve my day.