Hello! I am married to Steve and we have 6 grown up children.
I started my working life, a very long time ago, in advertising and marketing in a production role. Once I had my children I re-trained and eventually enjoyed a new career supporting children with additional needs in a local primary school. This progressed to a further 15 years working within Early Years. I was always drawn to supporting families and left in 2015 to start my own childminding business. I employed my daughter and we enjoyed providing a warm, nurturing and stimulating environment for children where we were able to develop fantastic relationships with lots of wonderful families.
Despite my background in Education and on-going training in Safeguarding and Child Protection it came as a huge shock to discover a close family member was a victim of grooming and CSE. This led to heart breaking events around self-harm, overdoses and drug and alcohol abuse. Around this time ‘The Three Girls’ was brought to my attention and that was when I first heard about Maggie Oliver.
Unfortunately at the end of last year I was devastated to have to close my business due to ill health, so when the opportunity arose to apply to the foundation as a volunteer it felt like perfect timing.
I feel very honoured to be part of a truly amazing team of people. I believe that together we will make a difference. I am deeply passionate about raising awareness of abuse and am excited to be able to help support survivors turn their pain into power!