Professional background: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) with specialism in commercial properties, combined with Business Management. Over the years has been non-exec Director of Health Authority, and worked with Outward Bound.

A long time connection with the Lake District living locally near Troutbeck, and having had family in Langdale. Supporter of Lakeland Arts Trust and other local bodies.

Other interests include historic buildings and gardens. Passionate about the preservation of the Cumbrian landscape.