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

Born and brought up in west Cumbria, Catherine moved back to Cumbria in 2011 and now lives in a village near Cockermouth.

Interests include historic parks and gardens, natural history, walking, volunteering, art. She works part time at a museum and art gallery.