I have been a trustee for nearly three years and I am the treasurer for the Centre as well as chairing the Finance group.

I have known about the work of the Centre for many years and, in my professional life as an investment director, I had a number of clients living with MS or Parkinsons. I could see the importance of access to good therapeutic services which might help people with the conditions to lead as independent and active a life as possible. When I finished work, I jumped at the chance to get involved here and to use my financial skills to support the Centre.

I graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in History and started work with a local stockbroking firm. I was the first qualified female stockbroker based in Liverpool and I became an investment director of three firms, looking after investment portfolios for individuals, their families, trusts and charities with clients based around the country. I retired from Rathbones in late 2014.

I have also been a non-executive director in the NHS, first of all with the Liverpool Womens Hospital and then, from 2000 to 2012 with Alder Hey, latterly as the Vice Chair. I’m currently a trustee of Birkenhead School and chair of its Foundation Trust which provides bursaries to support pupils. I’m also an independent director of Career Connect, a charity based in Liverpool but operating throughout the North West, which specialises in providing education and training, linking with social issues around health and housing.

I live up in the Clwyd hills of North Wales, together with my husband and a very elderly labrador who likes lots of food but not many walks (the dog!). I love my garden but it’s a challenge at over 800 ft with the normal rain, frost and wind to contend with.