I was born towards the end of World War II and lived in North West London and attended St John’s C of E school in Hendon, from where I gained a scholarship to attend Henrietta Barnett Grammar School in Hampstead Garden Suburb. I then attended Pitman’s Business College for a year and started work at the BBC in London, in Foreign News. At the same time, I studied at the London Polytechnic in Regent Street, where I took an Advanced French Diploma.
At the age of 21 I was offered a job in the USA with the World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development), which was part of the United Nations. I transferred to its sister organisation, the International Monetary Fund and, after 3 years, transferred to their Paris office. When I returned to the UK I worked for Granada TV and then for an American organisation. It was at this time that I married my Greek husband, had my daughter, and divorced after 24 years. I worked for the last 23 years of my career as a public relations director, fund-raiser and major events organiser for The Purcell Specialist Music School, raising substantial funds towards its development programme. I lived in London.
My parents moved in to Welwyn in1983 and I used to visit most weekends. In 2002 they died within 2 months of one another and I decided to move permanently to Welwyn, leading up to my imminent retirement in 2004. On retirement, I was invited to become a Governor of the Benslow Instrument Loan Scheme in Hitchin, an organisation with which I had been involved for over 20 years. I love living in Welwyn Village and have, since 2002, thrown myself into many activities within the local community, as well as supporting local and national charitable organisations.
I am a doting grandmother. I have had a partner/companion for the past 15 years, Watford comedian and Water Rat, George Saunders, who makes me laugh and keeps me sane!
I am thrilled to have become a local councillor at this stage in my life – it is a challenge which I take up with great enthusiasm!