I live in Scotland and a single mum to 19 year old twin girls.
I moved back to Scotland, after living in London for some years, when they were 18 months old after becoming a lone parent.
Working for Border Force , in its many forms, for 29 years , I am a lead within a network of specially trained safeguarding and Modern Slavery teams based in the UK.
I am passionate about my role in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children entering the UK, as well as vulnerable adults , whether potential victims of human trafficking and modern slavery , harmful practises such as FGM, Forced marriage and Honour Based Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation.
I work closely with partners and stakeholders, Police ,NCA, Social services , Non Government Organisations, Unseen, Tara , 28toomany, Justice and Care, to identify and safeguard vulnerable people, raising awareness and engaging with industry , stakeholders and wider general public, a key strength in identifying and safeguarding vulnerable people.
In my spare time I love walking the hills , a new passion of mine. I managed to climb my first munro ( mountain over 3000ft ) in November, Ben Lomond. Unfortunately due to lockdown restrictions haven’t been able to travel far enough to do any more , but keeping walking in the countryside to maintain my fitness till I can travel further afield.
My other passion is rescue greyhounds. I adopted our first rescue greyhound in 2014. Sadly we had to put him to sleep a year ago. Since then I have fostered Greyhound /lurchers from the Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary in the last year . They are a beautiful gentle breed and they too suffer exploitation in the racing industry and prefer to have the gentle life of snoozing on a sofa, and just want love and return it in abundance.
When I saw Maggie Oliver talking about her foundation I felt I could be part of this and perhaps contribute a little bit to be part of a this great growing organisation helping to support adult survivors of sexual abuse Transforming Pain into Power.