I grew up in Aviemore with much of my childhood either spent on the ice figure skating or curling, or on the mountains on my skis!
As a child I was a member of the Cairngorm Ski Club and competed regularly in the British Junior Ski Circuit at Glencoe, Glenshee and Cairngorm.
After leaving Kingussie High School I taught skiing for a ski school on Cairngorm for a season, before going up to Birmingham University in 1978 to read Geography.
After graduating in 1981, I was commissioned into the British Army, where I spent the next 18 years serving at home and overseas in Belize and Germany.
My focus while I was in the services was very much on the Education, Training and the Management of soldiers and officers.
My last role in the Army was, the Senior Education Officer at the Army Apprentices College, where 16-18 year old Apprentices learnt basic military skills and ensured that they were all brought up to the required educational standard.
Whilst in the Army, I also had the privilege of skiing for and captaining the Army Ladies Ski team and won the Joint Services Ladies Downhill Ski Championships 5 times in a row.
After a successful career in the Army I retired as a Major in 1998 and spent 2 years lecturing part time at the Universities of Westminster and Hertfordshire using my Master’s degree in Education and my MSc in Management.
In 2000, I took the opportunity to move back to the Highlands with my husband and two young sons. Although we had kept our house in Aviemore, while we were serving, we chose to settle in Inverness.
In 2001 I started work as a Training Manager at LifeScan Scotland Ltd, Johnson and Johnson and continue to work there part time as an HR manager.
I am a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and was Chair of the Highlands and Islands Group for some years and still my fellow HR professionals locally by contributing to the local programme of events.
I was absolutely delighted to be elected to the Highland Council in the By-Election in November 2011, re-elected in May 2012 and continue to represent the people of Inverness South as one of a team of 11 Lib Dem Councillors at Highland Council.
During my time as a Councillor, I have served on the Finance and Resources Committee which has enabled me to utilise my extensive Employment Law, HR and general management experience.
I am currently a member of the Education and Adult Services Committee which means I am also able to use my past educational experience to the full, challenging the status quo and scrutinising performances locally.
My role as armed forces & veterans champion has enabled me to support serving and retired members of the Armed forces and their families by improving services to better meet their needs and by creating a network of agencies in the Highlands, so they are better placed to offer effective support.
In my spare time I serve on the Board at Inverness College UHI, the Board of the Highlanders Museum at Fort George and last, but by no means least, I have the great privilege of being the Honorary Colonel of the 1st Battalion the Highlanders Army Cadet Force.
I have been dismayed at the policy of centralization by the current SNP Government and want to see more local people making local decisions - I want to see the SNP, which has seen the destruction of local democracy and accountability, stopped in its tracks.
Specifically in the Highlands I think we need to urgently focus on improving our transport links: air, rail and road.
We need better provision of care in the community and fair funding for our NHS - we need to bring stability to further education and we need better broadband right across the Highands.
These are the things I'll work, every day, to deliver as your MSP.
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