I became a Trustee of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in 2006, having been elected Scottish Regional Chair in 2004. I first became involved in the charity when I joined the Glasgow and District Branch in 2001, shortly after the death of my husband from lymphoma. I have been Chair of the Branch since 2004. It is a very active Branch, where we focus on maintaining our enthusiasm and on organising one-off and a series of annual fundraising events.
I am a graduate of the University of Glasgow in Modern Languages, and in my professional life, I was a teacher of Modern Languages and Head of Department. I then became a lecturer in Curriculum and Pedagogy at the Faculty of Education of the University of Strathclyde, and was a member of the Course Management Team. Concurrently, I was a Principal Examiner/Principal Assessor with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), and was also for a period President of the Scottish Association for Language Teaching (SALT). I am now retired.