Meet The Board
I am a Maroc-ophone and until the pandemic visited yearly, and on one special year, visited twice!
I am a graduate of Edinburgh University, was a boatbuilder and scuba-diver teacher before becoming a parent and now grandparent and like to think of myself as a traveller and explorer.
I was the National Childbirth Trust newsletter producer for 10 years. I am a volunteer for Caledonian Concepts, which manages the big running and cycling events in Highland. I was school board Chair at North Kessock primary school for 4 years, and am still on the board for the Spectrum Centre, a community facility in central Inverness
I am interested in anything to do with the natural world and conservation. I work with refugees and other disadvantaged people in my beloved Highlands of Scotland. I work for NHS developing projects to benefit older peopIe. I support animal welfare charities. I am a keen abstract artist and I run about 10 miles a week, albeit very slowly!
I was born in Sunderland, grew up and went to school in Keswick then moved to London to attend university. After graduating with a BSc in Social Psychology from the LSE I went on to work in the charity and not for profit sector for most of my working life.
Firstly with young, unemployed people in the London Borough of Camden as a programme officer. After a spell at the British Council administering UNIDO grants I moved into the advice sector with a post at the Welfare Rights Support Team then finally at Lasa where eventually I became Director of Finance & Resources.
During these years I sat on many charity boards including the Islington Arts Factory, Islington Youth Unemployment Project and most recently the Law for Life Project.
I now live between the U.K. and Morocco enjoying travelling, photography & art & spending time with my three cats (all rescue street cats)
I am based in Kendal where I am chair of the building sub-committee for the Kendal Alms Houses, chair of Abbot Hall Social Club, and chair of Hay Bridge Nature Reserve. In addition, I am also treasurer of South Lakeland Action on Climate Change Transition Town – (SLACC-TT). I am also the examiner for the Kendal Civic Society and Cumbria Industrial History Society as I volunteer as an Independent Charity Examiner. In addition I am a trustee of Manna House ( a homelessness charity and Stricklandgate House ( an umbrella organisation that houses other charities and that offers various facilities).
Previously, I have worked in the charity sector at London Advice Services Alliance as a Project Manager and with Homeless Link as their Head of Information. I was also the CEO of the Lancaster & Morecambe CVS and was a director of a sales and marketing company that worked with a multitude of publishers, including Age UK and CPAG. At the same time, I was also a volunteer with the Samaritans for fifteen years and one of their deputy-directors