Current Outside Body Appointments
Past Outside Body Appointments
Not a past member of any Outside Body.
My front-line role
I am the Conservative Councillor for Harpenden South West, returned to County Hall in May 2013 and joined the cabinet as Executive Member responsible for Public Health and Localism. . In May 2015, my portfolio was expanded to include libraries.The ‘Your Community’ section provides local service information, news, events and contacts about the area. Click below for more information:
As the county councillor for Harpenden South West, I represent the interests of the 14,400 residents of the community on the County Council. I am also a member of the St Albans City and District Council, representing Harpenden South. I was the portfolio holder for Planning and Conservation on that council, serving on the six member cabinet there, but stood down when I joined the County Council cabinet.
I work closely with Harpenden Town Council and its councillors and our Member of Parliament, The Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP.
Residents who wish to raise any issue with me are welcome to do so at any time, whether by e-mail, letter or telephone. I will always deal promptly with casework issues.
As is the case with every County Councillor, I have a locality budget to spend on community projects in my division. Follow the links for more details of the scheme and details of applications I have previously agreed and declined.
My County Council responsibilities
I have been a member of Hertfordshire County Council since 2008. I am Executive Member for Public Health, Localism and Libraries, I chair the Public Health. Localism & Libraries Cabinet Panel, the Community Covenant Board and the Hertfordshire Lifestyle and Legacy Partnership. I am also sit on the Hertfordshire Community Foundation. I have responsibility for promoting sport and recreation in the County, with strategic partners, such as the District and Borough Councils and Hertfordshire Sports Partnership, and working with Voluntary organisations.
I am also a Member of the Health and Wellbeing Board
Prior to my current executive position, I was Deputy Executive Member for Health and Adult Care in May 2011, having served as Deputy Executive Member of Highways and Transport for two years since May 2009 - 2011.
Roles on outside bodies
I am a member of the Local Government Group at NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence).
In a personal capacity, I am a non Executive Director of The Harpenden Trust. I am also a member of Harpenden Village Rotary.
Personal, professional and political
I was born in Middlesex, but raised and educated in Hertfordshire. After A-levels I joined Lloyds Bank, but after a year decided to take a Senior Secretarial Course at the City of London Polytechnic. Whilst at the Polytechnic I took my Part 1 qualification to become a Chartered Secretary. I achieved my final qualification in 1981 and became a Member of the Chartered Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. I worked for a major FTSE 250 company in London for nearly 30 years where I became the Assistant Company Secretary. In 2006 I was made redundant and joined a firm of Company Secretarial and Corporate Governance Practitioners, on a part time basis. I am fortunate that my part time contract allows me to carry out my County and District roles.
I have been involved in politics since my teens and met my husband in the Young Conservatives. I was elected to Harpenden Town Councillor in 1990 and served as Town Mayor from 2000 to 2001. In 2001 I was elected to St Albans City and District Council.
I am married with one son who is a social worker in a mental health institution in Birmingham.