Professional background - civil servant - mainly criminal justice, negotiator and market researcher in private and public sectors, project manager for range of change projects including improving budget management and delivering diversity.

Local background - living in Lake District for last 11 years, working in health and criminal justice, parish councillor and member of Lake District National Park Authority for 8 years (chaired planning committee for 4 years).  

Interests include walking, boating , swimming as well as range of involvement with local groups. Trustee of Wordsworth Trust (Grasmere) and member of heritage and garden societies.