I was born and raised in the West Midlands before going on to University in Bristol. There I achieved a First Class Honours degree in Design and Technology with Qualified Teacher Status. So, happily, I am not as daft as I look.
I taught D&T at a secondary school before changing to a career with the Gloucestershire Constabulary where I was a Police Sergeant. I then moved to France in 2006.
I am passionate about travel and enjoy discovering different cultures, people and food. Gaining a broader view of the world and challenging myself with new experiences and places, travelling is a great way to test myself whilst out of my comfort zone.
I am afraid of heights, partly because I suffer with vertigo but mostly because I am a bit of a wimp. So going up to Everest Base Camp was a great challenge for me. It was the most amazing experience, made even better because as well as making new friends, I travelled with my brother and sister-in-law. I am so lucky to have a close family.
I have cycled through Vietnam, ridden horses in Mexico and gawped in awe at the sun rising over the temples of Angkor Wat.
I learnt to dive in Turkey, have trekked into the Rain Forrest, and have been robbed by armed, masked bandits whilst white water rafting in Costa Rica.
Travelling allows you to learn about yourself and reflect on your own life. More than that, you gain an appreciation for what you have. Your eyes are opened to what is important and to the things that you really need.
Not necessarily relaxing but definitely rejuvenating, I believe travelling improves your mood and outlook on life.
Since buying my first house whilst in my early 20’s I have developed an enjoyment of building and renovation. My parents are mostly to blame for this as I have fond memories of being a young child making ‘volcanoes’ with sand, cement and water to help them when they were building their house. They installed in me a ‘can do’ attitude that I have carried through my life. Perhaps because of this I continue to be shocked by how many people have such sexist attitudes to building being men’s work.
I am not doing the Rallye to prove that women can do things too. I know that women can do things. I am doing the Rallye for three reasons, the first because Helen asked me to, the second that I thought it sounded like a fantastic challenge. The third and most important reason being the humanitarian aspect of the Rallye.
The Coeur de Gazelles was created to provide humanitarian aid to the remote populations that live in the Sahara, one of the most inhospitable terrains on earth. Medical aid is given and schools and wells are built. As well as raising sponsorship in order for us to participate in the Rallye, we will also be taking spectacles, clothes, toys and medicines with us that the Coeur de Gazelles team distribute.