I was born and educated in Leeds. On leaving school I worked in Insurance offices in Leeds, Oxford and Southampton. Moving to Cumbria in 1976 I worked at Sellafield and whilst my two sons were growing up worked from 1990 as school Secretary in Frizington Nursery School leaving in 2005 to work as caseworker in the MP’s office until 2017. In 2015 I was elected to Copeland Borough Council representing Frizington Ward and re-elected in 2019 representing the newly formed Frizington, Arlecdon, Lamplugh and Ennerdale Ward. I have also been clerk to Arlecdon and Frizington Parish Council since 1988 and clerk to Weddicar Parish Council since 2017. I am also a Trustee at Howgill Family Centre and a governor at Frizington Nursery School. I enjoy gardening, crosswords and taking part in community activities.