I came to the beauty industry late, having worked in HR and accounts for years. Makeup was always a passion, every time I read a magazine I’d head straight for the beauty pages. So, I took a leap of faith, resigned from my job and studied make-up artistry for a year. My first job in the industry was with Christian Dior in Harvey Nichols. They sent me to London to train for a week and that was how I first heard about Look Good Feel Better.
As soon as I came back to Dublin I volunteered. This was in 2005 and I continued to volunteer until 2012. I loved volunteering at the workshops, it was wonderful to find a place where my skills fitted in – it was my passion, what I loved doing. During this time I became the lead volunteer and volunteer co-ordinator in St Luke’s Hospital but also attended Beaumont, St James’s and The Mater. There were workshops held in 9 workshops at that time.
In 2012, Look Good Feel Better went quiet as it was being set up as an independent charity. In 2014 I received a call from the secretary of the Board to ask me if I was interested in attending an interview for Programme Manager. The offer came at a perfect time for me and I was delighted to be appointed Programme Manager on a job-sharing basis with Emily Dunne. We had volunteered together over the years and we were so lucky to get the opportunity to work together. In our 4 years the charity expanded from 9 to 15 hospitals. Emily has moved onto pastures new but I’m still working as Programme Manager. I still love to go to the hospitals and attend workshops from time to time. It is a privilege to be part of Look Good Feel Better.