I have a strong background in industry having worked as an engineer for over 20 years.
A Working Mum
I am enormously proud of my four children and husband Charlie, and value our family life together, juggling work and home life.
I want to ensure that every child gets the best opportunities in life and am passionate about 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 fundraiser for the engineering 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.