Originally from Derbyshire and after living in Barnet, North London for many years we moved to Wimborne in 2005, drawn to the town for its attractive nature and friendly residents. The area’s beautiful countryside, fascinating geology and picturesque coastline did not go unnoticed and was significant in the decision to choose Wimborne.
Professionally, I spent many years as an advertising photographer and as a partner in a large photographic studio in central London. During that time I supported two or three universities as a visiting lecturer and as external assessor on their photography/design courses. I am a fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photographers and I continue my interest in photography – although now at a non-professional level.
In more recent years I qualified as a secondary school teacher and taught Engineering, Science and Product Design in a number of London schools before coming to Dorset to teach in Bournemouth. I now work part-time as a supply teacher.
Leisure interests include the maritime history of Poole and the links the Dorset area has with both royal and Civil War history. For several years I competed in county level athletics over 400 and 800 metres in the London area. My spare time is now spent sea kayaking along the Dorset coast and within Poole harbour and I occasionally have undertaken trips to the rivers of Dartmoor. I also coach new members with Poole Harbour Canoe club, both at their Poole base in Hamworthy and at the Wimborne Riverside club facility alongside Dreamboats landing stage.
I was drawn into council and community issues simply as an interested resident following a series of issues that arose in the area and was helped by our previous MP for North Dorset in taking our concerns to Westminster. These experiences encouraged me to stand in the local elections and I was elected to the Town Council in May 2017 as an ‘Independent’ and now serve on the Resources Committee and on the Planning and Environment Committee.