Professional background – landscape architect in the public sector for 30 years.  Responsible for landscape, ecology and tree officer teams.  Project management of a wide range of landscape projects, advising planning authorities on landscape matters including the designation of protected landscapes and input into structure and local plans.  Advised a number of environmental charity boards on landscape issues.  Special interest in historic parklands, worked with English Heritage on reassessing all the listed parklands within the county.

Born and brought up in west Cumbria, Catherine moved back to Cumbria six years ago and now lives in a village near Cockermouth.

Interests include historic parks and gardens, natural history, walking, Natural Trust volunteer, art, she works part time at a museum and art gallery. Member of several garden/natural history/arts organisations.