I’ve always held a strong belief in sustainability and tried to do what I could to be conscious of the impacts of what I do and how I do things – sometimes successfully and sometimes not so much!
I had been thinking about what positive actions I could take on this subject which culminated in studying for a Permaculture Design Certificate with Aberystwyth University at the beginning of 2015.
I have never grown anything in my life so since completing the PDC I have been using the principle of small and slow solutions to begin my journey into sustainable food growing for myself and my family.
For me, community resilience is central to making ‘the world’ a better place and very much includes utilising the tools for sustainable food production through community development. I believe that by helping and encouraging communities to develop a love for and pride in their physical and social environment we can help everyone to manage whatever is thrown our way.
My professional skills include governance and management having worked for 5 years in the Red Cross as a senior manager, developing Emergency Response and Ambulance Services and I am also now Incredible Edible Wakefield's Designated Safeguarding Officer.
I am a crafter in my spare time, recycling, reusing and repurposing things - sometimes for pure enjoyment and sometimes for practical purposes and I am told I am pragmatic and innovative in my approach and in my creativeness.
I put it down to being a Yorkshire lass, born and bred in Wakefield!