I am married with two children and four grandchildren. I trained as a Nurse at Addenbrooke’s. My entire professional life was spent in the Health Service supporting the sick, vulnerable or oppressed. For 25 years, I worked in research looking at the causes and treatment of 200 types of arthritis.
I stand up for people and communities, ensuring the best services regardless of difficult budgets. As Vice Chairman of Adult Social Services, I have one of the hardest jobs, prioritising care for those in real need. I support projects which enable people to become independent and initiatives which help the elderly remain in their own home.
I am very aware of the limits of transport in rural communities and increasing, fast traffic. I work closely with Highways to reduce speed where necessary but also to keep the traffic moving. Competing expectations of traffic and people are challenging, but achievable given my strong supporting voice.