Our family moved from Central Scotland to Dumfries and Galloway in 2000. Shortly after our move, I joined a GP practice in Dumfries as Practice Manager. One of my key achievements in this post was the development and commissioning of new premises that enabled the provision of more comprehensive patient care.
In the course of my work, I learned how important decent, affordable and safe housing is to health and wellbeing. In both my professional life and my personal life in my role as carer for my widowed father, I also learned how invaluable good neighbours are in enabling elderly and disabled people to continue to live as independently as possible in their own homes.
I studied business and human resource management at the University of Stirling and have been a trainer on the Vocational Training scheme for Practice Managers run by the University of West of Scotland, the Institute for Healthcare Management (IHM) and NHS Education for Scotland. I am also a Fellow of the IHM.
I am married and now live in Moffat with my husband and a very greedy black Labrador. I love getting out for long walks with dog and attempting to develop a colourful and interesting garden. We have two children who both live and work in South East England.