Mel joined the University of Essex all the way back in 1998 as Events and Sales Coordinator at what is now known as Event Essex. She started working at the Essex Summer School in 2003 and took over as Administrative Director in 2008. Prior to joining the University of Essex, she was a PE teacher at Sayfol International School in Kuala Lumpur. In her spare time, she is an avid pointillist and West Ham fan.