Ward: North Party: Liberal Democrats
2 The Gatehouse
Tel: 07725 057 958
I was born in London and lived there until I left School. Initially I intended to be a PE teacher but soon decided teaching was not for me. I moved to the south coast and had various jobs working in a factory, a green grocer’s and culminating as a tennis coach for the summer teaching foreign students.
Thinking about a future career I was successful in my application to Rother District Council to become a Public Health Inspector. After qualification I moved back to London and specialised in private sector housing with the Local Borough of Richmond upon Thames and enjoyed a single life working hard and playing lots of sport: netball, tennis and squash.
I fell in love, he was Italian, so I sold up and moved to Rome! We had two children. I learnt Italian, taught some English conversation and, with a German friend, got the franchise to sell Birkenstock shoes in Rome.
We moved back to the UK and returned to my old job becoming a Senior Environmental Health Officer. Then back to Italy taking a three month trip with our boat (and children!) across the channel, through the canals and into the Med arriving in Zoagli, near Genoa, where we had rented an apartment.
Sadly, I returned to the UK with my children 9 months later and, having to start again, moved to Sandwich where my parents had retired to. My children were 5 & 7 years old. Once settled I applied to Thanet District Council and returned to my career as an EHO. I was then asked to lead the Regeneration Team writing bids for SRB funding, negotiating and writing our Objective 2 programme with the European Commission, managing the delivery of those programmes and relationships with all our partners such as Government Office, KCC the Commission, the Voluntary Sector, the Chamber of Commerce etc. My last post was as Head of Policy and Strategy.
On retirement I took up golf, joined the Committee of Fairbridge in Kent (a charity that supported young people at risk aged 14- 25 back into education and employment) and undertook some consultancy work for a few years specialising in European funding.
I love living in Sandwich and once retired began to get more involved in community life volunteering and subsequently becoming treasurer for the Folk and Ale festival. I also joined the Town Team. Believing that I had the skill sets that could benefit the town I decided to stand for election as a Town Councillor and to my surprise was elected.
It is a real honour to have been elected and I intend to serve all Sandwich to the best of my abilities.
Joined Council: May 2019