After graduating with a Chemistry Degree, I had a successful and varied career in banking. My work gave me experience and knowledge of finance, personnel, HR development and training, business management and corporate social responsibility. The latter enabled me to develop a greater understanding of the voluntary sector and a wider appreciation of the arts.
Since leaving the financial sector I have developed my interest in horticulture through study, practical experience and employment. I have experience working as a charity trustee and as a school governor.
My other interests include all things to do with Dartmoor, the area of Devon in which I live. Although I have not touched a musical instrument since my childhood, I still get pleasure from listening to, and reading about, music. I love cooking, keep chickens, have two cats and two dogs. I am fascinated by the dogs' behaviours and love the time spent training them.