I am from Northern Ireland but after studying Physics at Aberdeen University I did an anticlockwise tour of the UK, working in London, Swindon, Cornwall and now on the Isles of Scilly. After a few years working in accounting and managing education contracts I decided to train as a Careers Adviser and have been working in guidance and adult education for over 20 years.
I work part time for the Council working on the Skills Hub but also delivering IAG to individuals and organising vocational training. I also have my own start up business as a part time weaver so have a very real experience of the joys and challenges of setting up a business as well as being a typical islander in having more than one job. I am probably the only person on the team to commute by boat!
Business idea that I’m secretly plotting: Dog breeder (Bearded Collies).
My perfect day involves: Dog walk first thing, weaving, reading, lots of cups of tea, a meal (made for me!) and a bar of very dark chocolate.
Business hero: Di Slaney – she’s a great multi-tasker – runs a poetry publishing press, a marketing company, her own yarn from rescued sheep and has time to write poetry too.
Career highlight: Having a mix of two jobs I love – helping customers with training and running my own weaving studio on St. Agnes.
Local businesses that I salute: Anyone that starts off from an idea and ends up running a business based on it.
Most people don’t know this but I’m a closet: Sci fi /fantasy fan (Game of Thrones, Marvel, DC, etc).
I’m always best remembered for my: accent.