I was born and brought up in Harrogate. My husband and I live on the outskirts of York. We have two sons and three grandsons. I have been very fortunate in having had the opportunity to work at Board level for over 26 years in the public and private sector, as an Executive and Non-Executive Director. My professional career started in Harrogate, I moved to Yorkshire Television in Leeds in 1984 and then I joined Leeds Bradford International Airport as Finance and Commercial director in 1994. I left my full time role and took on a number of Non-Executive roles to be able to support my mum who suffered from dementia. I was very privileged to be awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in June 2016 for my work in communities of West Yorkshire.