Professional background: National Trust staff member for 28 years and was successively Regional Director for Northumbria, Yorkshire and the North West. Currently Chair of the National Lottery Heritage Fund Committee for the North. Awarded an MBE for services to the NW’s heritage in 2015.

Now a Cartmel resident, my love of the Lake District derives from long standing family connections with Cumbria and walking, swimming and skating there since childhood.  Other interests include gardening, natural history, music, books and volunteering with various organisations in Cumbria and Yorkshire.