"My entire career has been spent in local government. I was Corporate Director with responsibility for Commissioning at North Dorset District Council. My role included management of contracts and partnerships, primarily in, revenues & benefits, waste and leisure. I also led a team, mainly from the housing and voluntary sector working with Department for Work and Pensions measuring the effect of the Government’s Welfare reforms in rural areas.
Prior to moving to Dorset in 2001 I was Head of Business Support in a social department for a council in Lincolnshire. I worked closely with the voluntary sector improving home care for older people.
I am a strong advocate of equality and social inclusion and worked voluntarily for an equality group in Lincolnshire trying to improve the lives of Asian women. My role at North Dorset involved working with the gypsy and traveller community where I achieved a Police “diversity in action” award for helping to set up a temporary traveller’s site, which is used on an annual basis, by travellers attending the Great Dorset Steam Fair.
In 1999 after the war in the former Yugoslavia I went to Bosnia to oversee the local government elections. This experience was both harrowing and challenging. It opened my eyes to the importance of living in a democratic society.
In my spare time I love to listen to music, particularly world music. My sporting activity is now restricted to being a spectator, but I still take a keen interest in Southampton Football Club. I originally come from Southampton and was a season ticket holder for many years. You can still find me in the gym a couple of mornings a week trying to maintain my fitness!"