Vanessa is a Lecturer in Professional Practice on the BA Acting programme and the Conservatoire’s Intimacy Coordinator. She originally trained and worked as a corporate lawyer before undertaking studies her studies in acting.

Vanessa is a two-time recipient of the Creative Scotland Creative Futures awards – one for her work with Stellar Quines’ Untaught to Shine theatre project with the National Portrait Gallery and the other for physical theatre work with the Embodied Theatre group.

In addition to her work as a Lecturer, she works professionally as an Intimacy Coordinator for film, television and theatre. Vanessa is the first Intimacy Coordinator to work in Scotland and in this role, she works across the Conservatoire advising on productions, speaking with staff and students from Screen, Stage Management, Costume and performance courses as to best practice when dealing with scenes containing intimate content.