Born and educated in Derby I have worked all over the UK but was happy to return to my home town and keen to promote this wonderful city and its people.
After school I trained as an Occupational Therapist but then spent 15 years in management in the licensed retail trade running hotels, bars and restaurants. After taking redundancy I had a complete career change and moved into the homeless sector where my passion was supporting all types of people but particularly teenagers. During this time I chaired various groups in order to try and assist those in most need including the Derby Street Drinkers Intervention Panel and the Derby Hostel Liaison Group. I was happy in this role working for YMCA Derbyshire and wasn’t looking for a new job when I saw a tweet advertising my current role at Derby Cathedral. Growing up in Derby the Cathedral has always been important to me as a beacon and symbol of the city. Therefore I was delighted to be offered this role where I am responsible for all aspects of ensuring Derby Cathedral is accessible to all and preserved in its glory for generations to come.
Divorced, I live in Derby with my son Jethro an excellent salesman and my daughter Jodie who is in bank management. My other passion is Derby County Football Club where I work as carer for young footballers who become part of our family and learn independent living skills while living with us.
I support many local charities and was a trustee at Midlands Community Finance for 9 years working to prevent financial exclusion through ethical personal lending and small business loans. I am also a trustee at Direct Help and Advice where housing and legal advice is provided free to those at risk of homelessness.