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
A lifelong science and nature enthusiast, currently based in Fife, Scotland.
Currently working as a medical writer, my background is neuroscience (U Glasgow, Imperial College) and forensics (U Strathclyde), and I'd like to think one of my strengths is thinking outside the box, and seeing the potential in others and their ideas ... along with a deep appreciation for Excel and spreadsheets.
While I am still juggling responsibilities to make a dog-shaped space in my life, I'm delighted to support MAWSS in their mission to help dogs in Morocco find a lifelong home.
This is my first board position, and I'd definitely consider myself a junior, but I'm hoping to contribute for many years to come.