I was born and grew up in Leicester, a manufacturing city in the Midlands, UK. I had a fairly happy childhood but was always restless to learn, to travel and to see the world. At 18, I joined the Royal Navy as a student nurse, which began a more than 50-year, on and off, career as a nurse, working in many different specialities, rising finally to Nurse Consultant when I retired aged 66. I have been married twice but currently live with my partner Martin. We have been together for 27 years. I have two terrific and feisty grown-up daughters by my first husband and 4 interesting, complex and entertaining grandchildren – 2 boys and two girls. My family and I are very close and rarely a day goes by when we are not in contact with one another.

I have always enjoyed education and after completing a BSc I did an MSc in research and rehabilitation.

I have varied interests and am particularly fond of travelling especially around Europe in our campervan. I love hill walking, have a good sized garden to attend to and also love pottery and singing in a choir.

I have lots of wonderful friends and also feel close to my partner’s family and friends who all live in Germany.

All in all I have had a very interesting and happy life. I would say that I am a ‘glass half-full’ type of person.

Until now, I would have described myself as being in rude health. Very fit and strong. My only real health issue previously was Migraine, but that has not really been a problem for several years.