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 15 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 involvement with local groups. Trustee of Wordsworth Trust and member of heritage and garden societies.