About me


Still going. Still independent. Hello, I’m Siân Rowland, a freelancer from London. I previously blogged as Citizen R at I was a Public Sector Worker where I traced my redundancy journey from comfortable public sector career to the bumpy rollercoaster that is the freelance world. I’ve been interviewed by The Guardian, The Financial times and Canadian radio. I was also The Guardian’s redundancy expert for their live Q&A.

My background is in education and I was previously a teacher, deputy head and local authority adviser across three London boroughs.

I’m now a freelance PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) adviser and trainer and I train teachers across the country. I also write award-winning educational materials for clients including The Co-Operative and John Lewis.

In my spare time I write plays. You can read more on the writing page.

If you’re a new reader, here are some of my favourite posts:

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Rocking in the Freelance World is one of Kindred HQ’s ‘Eighteen blogs to kickstart your brain.’

Alex Butler says, ‘I just love Sian’s blog. Like me, she left the public sector a few years ago and found freedom as a freelancer.  She writes brilliantly on freelancing life here and much of it will resonate with you too.’

‘An engaging read and a no-nonsense appraisal of the realities of freelancing in today’s competitive labour market.’ Leighmans.com 15 inspirational sites for aspiring entrepreneurs

3 thoughts on “About me

  1. Melissa says:

    Hello Sian – I just read your guest post on Urban Writer’s retreat. It was great! So I followed the links, like a lovely trail of breadcrumbs, to your site. I, too, am a education consultant and writer. (Yes, I paused at least 5 seconds before typing the ‘w’ word.) I look forward to reading more!

    • Sian Rowland says:

      Thank you so much! Really glad you enjoyed the blog post. I’m thinking of writing a post on handling rejection as we have to do so much of that 😦 so it’s lovely to have some positive feedback.

      • Melissa says:

        Ah – that would be an interesting post. Even knowing that rejection is part of the game, it still stings when we get those ‘no thank yous.’ Would love to hear your thoughts.

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