I am originally from Middleton near Manchester. Grandmother of twins, boy and girl, one of whom is on the Autistic Spectrum.
After leaving school, I went to Salford Technical College where a full time Catering Course was completed and I followed this with employment as a residential caterer at Cheetham’s Music School in Manchester. I moved to St Anne’s-On-The-Sea in 1965 where for the next 9 years helped to run a 20 bedroom hotel with my parents.
After obtaining a Teaching Certificate in 1974 I taught Home Economics in mainstream schools, age ranges 11-18 years, then moved to Preston College, where I taught the City & Guilds Family and Community Care Course along with ancillary courses for other departments including special needs, where I was instrumental in the setting up of the City & Guilds Preliminary Cookery Certificate for students specifically with special needs.
For over 34 years I have been involved with all aspects of Guiding; taking Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Young Leaders and have had many a happy weekend assisting with the Rangers and Ventures.
I have been involved with St Anne’s Charity Carnival for many years and Chairman for the last 13, helping to raise money for local good causes. I am a member of St Anne’s library, Lytham St Anne’s Art Society and Fylde Arts.
I am a Fylde Borough Councillor and a St Anne’s-On-The-Sea Town Councillor, having had the privilege of the position Mayor of St Anne’s On The Sea in 2012-2013, and Representative for Fylde Borough Council on the Board of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde volunteer centre and the Ormerod Trust.
My past teaching experience and current family circumstances give me a strong understanding of the needs of service users and the aims and objectives that the Ormerod organisation wish to fulfil for their benefit.