CIC Kirkby Lonsdale Directors
I'm a solicitor specialising in Corporate and Commercial law, a job which requires me to understand the differing positions of various stakeholders in the context of their legal circumstances, so that I can advise on a constructive way forward. I am delighted to be able to use my skills and legal knowledge for the benefit of the community through my role as a director of the CIC. I have lived in Kirkby Lonsdale since 2013, and appreciate the balance it strikes between servicing tourists and maintaining a strong sense of community.
I have worked in Marketing and Communications most of my professional life, laterly in Tourism. I am delighted to Chair our Board and enjoy working with our talented Directors and Town Manager. I am enthusiastic about the work of the CIC both in promoting the town to visitors but also our brief to support community-led events/initiatives to improve the experience of being a Kirkby Lonsdale resident. I live in the Lune Valley and feel very lucky to be surrounded by such stunning countryside - I try to get out and about in it whenever I can.
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I am the Company Director at Abrahams Store, which we’ve owned for 5 years. I’ve also been an freelance IT consultant for almost 30 years, prior to which I spent several years in the then nascent digital printing industry. I was born and raised in the Lune Valley before spending about 10 years in Bradford and a similar amount of time in London before returning to the valley in the early 2000s. Outside of business I’ve served as a Councillor on a Metropolitan Council and Parish Council, been a Governor of several Schools and Colleges and am currently a Churchwarden.
Now retired and living outside Caton following a career in planning, economic development and tourism in Lancaster and Cumbria.
Interests include travel, walking, cycling and skiing. Also a trustee of the Morecambe Bay Partnership and Storey G2 Gallery.
My professional career was in education. I have worked as a senior manager in both prison and special school settings. I gained a Master's Degree in education research focusing on this experience.
Since retirement my volunteer work has been with Fairtrade. I am part of the steering group for the Cumbria Fairtrade Network.
I joined the CIC in its infancy and have worked to develop its role both in and for the community. I feel the CIC has an important role in managing and supporting the promotion of our town.
As a family we have loved our time living in kirkby Lonsdale since 1994. We now enjoy passing that love on to our 9 Grandchildren, enjoying this beautiful environment to the full.
A journalist from leaving school until retirement, I have a strong commitment to community development and am a town councillor as well as a CIC director. From newspaper journalism, I moved to BBC radio and finally to the NHS as a Public Relations Manager in Morecambe Bay. A journalist knows a little about a lot, and develops useful contacts. That has helped me to know who to go to to benefit my adopted home - Kirkby Lonsdale. I hope there have been positive results. I’m married with two (adult) youngsters, a grandson and his partner, and twin great-grand-children. I keep them in mind in all that I do.