Chartered Civil Engineer
My background is in engineering design, but essentially I am a builder. Over the past 25 years I have helped build schools, a hospital, airports and stations.
I am immensely proud to have played my part building the 2012 London Olympics.
Design is about turning ideas into reality, with bricks and mortar.
I've designed buildings, but also built the teams to get things done.
Along the way, I've also learned how to build consensus, get plans agreed, and to help decide what gets built in the first place.
I am passionate about building bridges - between communities - and finding new ways of doing things.
A Working Mum
I am proud of the family my husband Charlie and I have built - together we juggle our work and home life.
I want to ensure that every child gets the best opportunities in life and the best education.
I was a school governor at Castlebar school in west Ealing, a school for children with learning disabilities, for 9 years, and I care deeply about the quality of education all children receive.
A Local Councillor
In 2010 I was elected to represent Cleveland Ward in Ealing.
Two years later I joined the shadow Cabinet, taking the Safer Communities portfolio. This gave me the opportunity to work with the council and residents to reduce crime and the fear of crime, and to ask searching questions about how well the council works with the police and emergency services.
I stood down as a Councillor in May 2014.
Voluntary work in the Community
I was a longstanding Governor at Castlebar Primary, a school for children with learning disabilities in west Ealing.
Before that, I was a Governor at Queensmill Primary, a school for severely autistic children in Hammersmith.
I am a Trustee for the international humanitarian charity RedR: I initiated a charity day called 'Wear Red for RedR which annually raises over £20,000.
As part of a team of 3, I wrote and produced an award-winning national programme of school careers events, ‘The Rapid Response Engineering Challenge’, which has now reached hundreds of schools.
I set up and ran a Youth Group for 14-17-year olds at a church in Kew.