Member of the Quality and Standards Committee
I have lived all my life within what is now called Merseyside and have been involved in so many diverse ways within the voluntary sector. She has also raised a family and returned to the 'job market' after becoming a widow at quite a young age.
Having raised a family, I returned to employment a senior consultant in socio-economics, working on many projects of regeneration within the public, private and voluntary sectors. This took place locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
In recent years I have worked for a private company as a senior consultant in socio-economics, carrying out many feasibility studies for government, and the public, private and voluntary sectors regarding inward investment. On leaving this I became the Chief Executive of the Athenaeum, one of the two remaining private members' clubs in Liverpool. Within the Athenaeum is housed one of the the finest privately owned libraries (over 60,000 books) in the country. The institution is over 200 years old and it has been a challenge not only to keep its history and traditions alive but also to run it as a viable business.
I spend the majority of my spare time in the maritime sector in a voluntary capacity, not only raising the profile of maritime charities, but also fund-raising under the red, white and blue ensigns.
I am chairman, director, trustee or committee member of many organisations, as well as being consulted frequently by many organisations across the country on maritime events.
I was appointed to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire as a Member (MBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 1999 for services to the Friends of the Merseyside Maritime Museum. I was gazetted a Serving Sister (now Member - MStJ) of the Most Excellent Order of St John of Jerusalem in 2007 and was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant in Merseyside in 2010.