Following a Philosophy degree at the University of Wales, April undertook an MSc in Librarianship at Birmingham City University (formally University of Central England) after which followed a post as a Research Associate at the Centre for Information Research based at the University.
A move to the West Midlands Library Service Development Unit, West Midlands Deanery / West Midlands Strategic Health Authority (2001) saw involvement in a wide range of health information management projects and a secondment to the West Midlands Public Health Observatory (2003) managing an information sharing project for public health professionals. Other work included an NHS funded pilot project to explore how the current evidence base can better utilised by frontline NHS staff (2005).
In 2009 the opportunity arose to continue working as a Project Manager, building a team for one of these projects (now “NHS Evidence Search”) at the University of Surrey.
After a period of freelancing information specialist work for James Lind Alliance projects (2012-2013) April has worked for Birmingham University as a Research Associate at the Horizon Scanning Research and Intelligence Centre. (Jan 2014 – present date) combining academic interest with family life.