So who am I?
I live in West Norfolk with my husband and our two sons. Together with our three cats, various aquatic life and a mad spaniel.
I’ve run businesses, served on the committee’s of local organisations and charities and am currently a school governor for the Bridges Federation, which includes St Germans Primary School, Magdalen Village School and Wimbotsham & Stow Community Primary School. I was elected as Borough Councillor for Wimbotsham with Fincham ward, part of the Borough of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk for the first time in May 2015 and as County Councillor at Norfolk County Council for Marshland North Division in May 2017.
Wife, Mum, Businesswoman, School Governor, Borough & County Councillor. Lots of titles, none of which really tell you very much about me as a person.
I enjoy talking to people, I’ve earned a reputation for being a powerful and persuasive force and I like to get things done.
I’m an outspoken campaigner on Autism Awareness, aiming for better support and understanding for children and young people with Autism and their families. It’s hard being part of an Autism family, it presents many challenges, the biggest of which can be public perception. Yet, there is beauty and rewards are plentiful too. I know, because we are an Autism family. Both of my sons have Autism. They are differently-abled and as far as I’m concerned – there is nothing wrong in being different.
I get involved with fundraising for charities close to my heart whenever I can. My biggest challenge to date has been to abseil down a lighthouse.
I enjoy baking, I can’t say I’m terribly good at it, but the family eat my creations without making too much fuss and I’ve not poisoned anyone yet, so that must be an achievement in itself!
I enjoy photography, archery and horse racing. In 2014, I learned to sail and we now own a 16ft Falmouth Bass Boat.
My favourite film of all time is ‘Gladiator’ (hasn’t everyone wanted to give the order to “unleash hell”?). I like most kinds of music but graduate mostly towards folk and rock.
I thoroughly enjoy being a Councillor, it’s been a steep learning curve but the training has been very good. I want to be able to make a practical difference to our local area and the lives of all us who live here. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the parishes in my Borough Ward and County Division, meeting residents whenever I can.
In 2018, I’m going to be crewing a leg of the 2017-18 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, which is going to be an enormous personal challenge. I’m doing this partly as it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but have been putting off for lots of reasons and partly to try to raise awareness of Autism and to raise money for some causes dear to me. To prove to my children that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. Further information is available on My Clipper Journey tab at the top of the page. I hope you will follow my journey 🙂