Born and brought up in Surrey, where my parents still live, I went to Exeter University,  and have had a wide ranging and varied career path since.  Married to Peter, we have two sons, Rowland and Gregory.  Rowley is now a newly qualified accountant, and Greg has just commissioned into the Royal Artillery

Career History

Public Service 


General Medical Council Fitness to Practice panellist

Independent member Parole Board for England and Wales

I chair parole hearings for lifer and indeterminate sentence prisoners,  issue directions for both IPP and lifer hearings and sitting as a single member determining recall cases both on paper and at oral hearings;  I mentor new members, including judges;  I'm a trained practice observer for the Parole Board;  Member of the Management Board March 2011 - date 

1998 - 2002 - Chairman, Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust - a £130mn t/o acute hospital Trust, west of London. Major achievements during my Chairmanship were to be a lead player in the service reconfiguration debate  and implementation of service changes between Ashford and St. Peter's sites;  I developed the performance appraisal system for the Chief Executive which was adopted region wide and established Clinical Ethics Forum within the Trust.  Elected Representative for South East Region on NHS Confederation Council, the independent body representing NHS Managers 

1993 - 1998  Non-exec and Vice Chairman, West Surrey Health Authority  

I've worked as a consultant specialising in organisation development and change management with the public, charitable and voluntary sectors.  My work has included facilitating Board development in a range of NHS organisations, strategy development for charities, chairing contentious public meetings and coaching senior level clients in social services, the arts, local government and health service.  

Work in the Charitable and Voluntary Sectors

2005 - 2007 I was Development Director at The Lightbox, a new Gallery and Museum in Woking, Surrey and raised £1.8mn to complete the project.  I led staff and volunteer teams.   I've been a school Governor in a public sector special school, and in my son's second school, where I went on to chair the Governors, and appoint a new head.  I helped set up my local volunteer bureau and worked as a volunteer driver. 

Political life

I joined my local Association when we returned from living in the Middle East.   I served as a Borough Councillor for eight years, and also ran Mutual Aid in the constituency I lived in, to support and win nearby marginal seats.  I headed the Conservative Policy Forum in the constituency I then lived in, and attracted high profile speakers, including Matthew Parris, to constituency events.  

Selected in 2007 to fight the Lib Dem held seat of North Cornwall, my husband and I moved to the constituency.  In three years as a candidate I worked hard, and the result was a swing of more than 6% to the Conservatives, double the national average.  I got to know the constituency , and had a high level of recognition locally. I championed local campaigns, including supporting rural post offices, against inappropriate wind farm, for local rural schools, and to support local affordable housing schemes.  I worked with local Councillors and council candidates, and gained high visibility  in the press.  I built on existing links with the Conservative team to influence policy development.  Above all, I worked hard for people within the constituency, taking up their cases, and helping individuals.  


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