About Me

Age: Somewhere in my thirties.  Jenn Layton bio

Hometown: Birmingham, UK

Currently residing: Sunny Midlands

Interests: the digital society, museums and culture, mental health recovery, social inclusion, personalisation of care, learning, my family, social justice, the autistic point-of-view, drawing, crafting, meditation, high-intensity interval training. creativity

Dislikes: narrow-mindedness, eating fish, smelly people (including too much perfume!), crowds.

Learning: Fashion Design with Retail Management BA (Hons) First Class, Google Squared Online Certificate in Digital Marketing, MSc in Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion.

Career: Mostly spent working in marketing agencies, specifically digital for the last nine years. Currently (at the time of writing) studying for my MSc with one eye on a PhD proposal, looking at the identity of late diagnosed autistic women. Check out my blog for any latest news, or my projects list for what I have been doing recently.

The bio’ bit: I’m a curious and creative geek with interests in many fields and industries. My education started in fashion design, specialising in retail management. I spent my final year working in places like Habitat, and Harvey Nichols London, as I loved the store environment and how it could engage customers and immerse them completely. When I left uni’ I ‘fell’ into marketing and then progressed onto agency work, specifically digital, until I was thirty. The common thread that runs throughout all of this is the fascination of just how people interact, with each other and their environment, be it in real time or digitally.

I had my son nine days after my 30th birthday and everything crashed for a while, quite badly. We couldn’t figure out why, but I got my high-functioning Autistic diagnosis age 32 (March 2015)  which has answered a lot of questions about my life and why things that happened took place. Since then I’ve been working to understand myself, what my life is going to look like and what I need to do to thrive.

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