I moved from Manchester to London in 1984. I became a nurse for people with a learning disability in 1991. I have worked for the NHS and social services. I have worked for Manchester, Lambeth, Islington and Croydon as a residential social worker.
I studied at Manchester Metropolitan university for a BSc honours in psychology and gained my degree in 1995. I studied mental health nursing at Kings College university and became a mental health nurse in 2002.
I have worked in residential services, community services, acute services, drugs and alcohol, homeless persons, elderly persons, physical disabilities, running and facilitating groups, mental health and challenging behaviour.
I speak Spanish and some Portuguese. I have been learning Polish. I worked in Spain for a year teaching English to adults, young people and children.
I love cycling, tango, Cornwall, Spain and all things Spanish, Australia and its plants, animals and land. I really enjoy my job and find it challenging but fulfilling. I love working with people, helping people to get the best out of life, finding things out and pointing people in the right direction.
I don’t like pigeons very much or squirrels because they steal the wild birds’ food from the feeder. But I do love nature.