I was born and educated in Bolton and worked in the textile engineering industry as export sales administrator and later as manager.  I have formal academic qualifications in modern languages and export administration.  My hobbies include photography, country walking, industrial archaeology, classical music and choral singing, gardening and DIY plus involvement in the Guide Association since joining Brownies at the age of seven (now County Archivist).

Following the collapse of the textile industry I was made redundant three times in four years, found that employers weren’t interested if you were over 45, so went to the local Enterprise Council, did a business management course, got a year’s Enterprise Allowance Grant and started Photo Crafts in 1993; giving slide shows, copying old photographs, publishing postcards and greetings cards, glaxing photos onto dishes, making key-rings etc.  The bulk of my time is now spent in giving slide shows on a variety of subjects to cater for audiences ranging from The National Trust to Mothers Unions and Winemakers to Retired Engineers, to name but a few.

I was a Brownie, Guide, Assistant Cub Master, Brown Owl, Guide Lieutenant and Captain when living in Bolton.  After moving to Rochdale in 1977 I progressed from District Assistant to Division Commissioner for Rochdale East.

Guiding Qualifications – Camping Licence and Camp for Leaders Certificate.