Born in Lyndhurst in Hampshire, I’m a proud mum, Methodist, and a curious person who loves to know about the world (hence the qualifications in “odd” subjects like dog behaviour). And I love to dance the Argentinian Tango.
I have worked in both local government, charities, and in senior roles in the commercial world.
I'm the Chair of the Safeguarding Committee for the Methodist Connexion, as well as the Chair of Andover Mind. Previously I have been CEO of a successful charity that helps vulnerable people (like people with dementia, learning disabilities, other disabilities or mental health problems), and Chief Executive of three HealthWatch organisations.
Through my work, I’ve seen at first hand the impact that the COVID pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the steep rise in the cost of living has had on people in care homes, the impact on mental health, and the challenges of managing household budgets in very difficult times.
I’ve also witnessed the impact on those people who’ve lost their jobs and on those who can’t afford to keep themselves and their families warm and nourished. I do what I can to help, but it’s a big challenge. See my articles on impact of COVID on women, and digital poverty, education and home schooling.