I was first elected to the Council at a by-election in September 2009 and then re-elected in 2011. I know that it is a real privilege to represent the people of Heworth Ward, and my Ward colleagues and I do our best to be the human face of local government to our residents.
I was born in York and attended Haxby Road Primary School and Mill Mount Grammar School. I am a graduate of the University of Bradford and Sheffield Hallam University. My father was a local bricklayer. Until recently I cared for my mother until she died at age 91.
Before becoming a York councillor I had experience of contesting and winning elections. I have been a Labour parliamentary candidate and was successfully elected to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and Beverley Town Council before returning to live in York.
My political interests are community safety, education, public health and the local economy. Another major interest is animal welfare and I am a trustee of the local RSPCA. I don't really have time for hobbies, but I do enjoy travel, cookery, films, quizzes and talking and listening to other people.