Position: Acting South West Representative and former South West Representative
Year joined the Modeshift Board: 2009
Place of work: Bristol City Council- Sustainable Transport Team
Brief career history: I have worked in many roles in the past from Circus performer, Shoemaker (making handmade shoes and boots). Wine Merchant and Arts and Events Organiser, Community Development worker and finally landing in Sustainable Transport where I have been since 2009. My current role focuses on cycling at the Bristol Family Cycling Centre; a facility to teach cycling to all ages and abilities with a range of 2,3 and 4 wheeled cycles and with brilliant Bikeability Instructors who work in all weathers.
Why joined the Board: In my first week at work in Sustainable Transport I was fortunate to attend a Modeshift regional meeting that just happened to be in Bristol. I learned so much about all the things that people were doing in schools to encourage people to walk and cycle to school, mainly, not to drive and clog up the school gates. The best introduction anyone could have to this role was hearing things from people who were doing similar jobs to me. I heard about what the issues were and how to try and encourage people to change behaviour. I was a Modeshift convert from then on really, when the previous regional rep said she was thinking of stepping down, I stepped up. I am very pleased to be an ambassador for Modeshift and it’s work.
Personal: I am a Granny to 2 gorgeous grandchildren and spend as much time with them as I can. I like the theatre and arts; I am learning to crochet small Octopuses/Octopi for a neonatal charity and enjoy narrowboating along the rivers and canals of the UK.