My Life

A hard working, experienced councillor

I have worked on parish councils since 2006 and been a District Councillor since 2010 – not just here, but also in Kent. From 2014 to May 2019 when I decided not to stand for election, I was also District Councillor for Mendip.

I moved to Norton St Philip in 2008 after deciding to give up work and move with my husband to be closer to family. Since then I have been involved in local affairs in a number of ways. I joined the Parish Council within months of arriving and have been busy ever since coordinating the parish response to planning applications. I have also been involved with the Women’s Group, the Trustees of Church Mead (a local play and recreation area) and the local Traffic Action Group. In all of these activities I have gained a reputation for hard work and getting things done.

I wasn’t new to local politics. I had developed an interest in local politics since 2000 when I lived in Hythe, Kent, before moving to Somerset. I was elected to both Town and District Council; representing the ancient Cinque Port of Hythe. Here I played a lead role in the Development Control Committee at District level. This involvement enabled me to champion many local planning issues, and gave me invaluable training and experience in the understanding and application of planning policy.

Outside of politics, the daughter of a miner, I had a career which spanned both the private and public sector. The first 12 years of my working life were spent at Sheffield Magistrates Court in administration management. I left at the age of 30 to pursue a career in sales, which I did for the next 12 years, including periods at Smith & Nephew and Kimberly-Clark and finally a multi-national Swedish company called SCA Hygiene, where I was a Senior Business Manager.

Whilst working at SCA Hygiene, a chance involvement in a company-wide environmental project, in which I represented UK Sales, led me down a different path. I was appointed as the company’s first UK communications manager and after two years was sent to Munich to head up and re-organise the Corporate Communications team. On achieving this, I returned to the UK to get married and settled down in Kent.

In May 2000 I joined the NHS as Head of E-Communications, for what was then 17 NHS organisations in Kent and Medway.

It was during this period that I started to take an interest in local politics and eventually decided to stand in the local Hythe elections.