I grew up in Selsey and Sidlesham interspersed with periods abroad as my father was in the Royal Navy. I went to Chichester High School for Girls and the International School of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo, Japan, amongst many others.
Returning to England in 1965, I completed my secretarial training in London and started work at the House of Commons as one of the secretaries to the then Leader of the Opposition.
I left in 1968 to go to South Africa where I became locally employed by the Commercial Section of the British Consulate in Cape Town. After a year I returned to England and the House of Commons where I worked for another M.P.
I married my husband, Michael, in 1972 and moved into the parish a year later. We have three children and two grandchildren.
During the seventies I took a picture-framing course at West Dean which led to us opening The Midhurst Gallery in 1981. I worked there for the next 32 years both as the picture-framer and manager of the Gallery’s other interests in retailing pictures and artists’ materials. Although now retired from picture-framing and spending more time at home, I am still closely involved with The Midhurst Gallery’s future which is in a period of rejuvenation and moving on-line.
I have been secretary of Midhurst Area Cycling since its inception in 2003. Due to MAC’s and SIPC’s support and persistent representations to WSCC, we now have a safer crossing at Stedham Crossroads and a cycle path to Midhurst.
I was a member of Stedham with Iping Parish Council from 1979 to 1999 and, during the five years from 1987 to 1992, was its chairman.
I became the Clerk in 1999 and also, from 2004, the Responsible Financial Officer.