I was born in Doncaster and have lived locally for most of my life. I started my career as a Geography teacher and then worked for over 30 years in secondary education, eventually becoming a Headteacher, both in the UK and then overseas in Abu Dhabi. Upon my return to the UK, I continued to work in a variety of roles. For seven years I was a Non-Executive Director at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and also an Open University Tutor for 12 years. For the last 20 years and currently, I am licensed by the Cabinet Office to work as a Customer Service Excellence Assessor and Consultant, assisting a wide variety of organisations in driving forward customer-focused change and service improvement. My husband and I have been baptised members of Doncaster Baptist Church for over 20 years, with involvement in many church activities, including my ongoing role as BMS (Baptist Missionary Society) Secretary. More recently, the strong call to put ‘faith into action’, to support the church’s mission with the homeless, has led me to commit to using my senior management skills and strategic experience to help with the leadership of Renew Doncaster Limited.