In 2016-17 I was President of the Institute of
Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW); the first academic and
second woman to hold that position in ICAEW’s 137 year history. I was also
chair of the CCAB, the combined group
of the main UK accountancy bodies. In 2011-12 I had been President of
AAT (the Association of Accounting Technicians).
I’m an award-winning lecturer in finance and management for the
Open University Business School and a researcher and supervisor on the OU
Doctorate in Education programme. Students and others will attest that I have considerable communication and facilitation
skills. Earlier in my career I received the Junior Chamber International Award
for the most outstanding member in the world.
I recently completed a nine year term as a trustee of CABA and for
over ten years have been on the boards of housing associations. I live in
Northampton with my husband Colin. We have both been involved with Northampton
Samaritans for over twenty years. Other joint interests include walking, our
allotment and our livery companies. I have previously run several marathons to
raise funds for Northampton Samaritans and we both recently completed Wainwright's 200
mile Coast to Coast walk across the north of England.