I was born and brought up in Reading and trained for teaching after my two children had started school. In 1989, I moved to Cornwall to take up my first headteacher post at Werrington School. Later, as headteacher of Meavy School in Devon, I lived in Tavistock for a while before moving back to Launceston.
Throughout my adult life, my faith has been important to me and I have been lucky that through my work and leisure activities (I was a Cub Scout Leader for many years), I have been able to share that faith with others. At various points, I have felt an overwhelming feeling that God wanted me to do more but mostly, I’ve fought against it. However by 2004, I could resist no longer and started to explore my vocation. Initially, I was terrified by the thought that my vocation might be to an ordained ministry but, if God calls, he will support. I started training with South West Ministry Training Course in 2006 and was ordained deacon in 2009 and priest in 2010. I served my curacy in Launceston Parish and was then licensed as Team Vicar until I hit the C of E magic retirement age when, ceasing to be licensed, was granted Permission to Officiate. I then moved away to serve on a House for Duty basis in Abingdon for three years before returning to my beloved adopted county in September 2019.
I am passionate about the Church’s ministry to people living with dementia and have served on the Churches Together in Cornwall Dementia Action Group as well as being a volunteer with the Launceston Memory Cafe.