I joined the Army when I was 16. After officer training I was commissioned into the Royal Engineers at age 23 and was the first female to serve with 20 Squadron RE. I later became the first female Royal Engineers’ recce troop commander. I served in Northern Ireland and Iraq as well as Belize, Vanuatu and New Zealand.
After leaving the Army I was seconded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the European Union in Ethiopia, as an advisor to the African Union Mission in Darfur. I then worked for the United Nations Mission in Nepal, monitoring violations of the peace agreement. I have since settled in Comrie and worked as an Active Schools Coordinator.
I climbed Mt Whitney in California at 16 and Mt Blanc when I was 18. I have climbed numerous peaks in the Alps and Mera Peak (6500m) in Nepal. I have trekked all over the world including the Simien and Bale Mountains in Ethiopia, Upper Mustang in Nepal and the Caucasus Mountains.
I have mountain biked in Nepal and all over Scotland.
I have taken part in Mountain Marathons and have run in numerous fell races all over Scotland and 2-day adventure races. I have competed in ½ Iron distance triathlons and I won a blue Celtman! t-shirt in 2015. My partner and I won the Expert Rat Race Coast to Coast race. My team were 2nd mixed quad in Strathpuffer 2018.
I lead an after school bike club every week for 40 very excited primary aged bikers. And I somehow find time to organise the Isle of Jura Fell Race, a labour of love and one which I do as a volunteer.