I’m a proud mother of three boys, and currently an empty nester! A child of the 60’s, with two brothers and a sister, I was brought up in Northern Ireland where my dad was a doctor, and my mum a nurse, and our house was always full of people and chaos! My mum was involved in lots of charity work, and I was always involved in helping with teas, baking and generally helping at her events. She helped me understand the importance of service, and the joy of giving.
WHERE IS HOME?
When I’m not in Dubai, we are fortunate enough to own a beautiful farm house in France, which is perched on the top of a hill, and where I spend my days cycling among the sunflowers!
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER?
I desperately wanted to be an actress, until my father persuaded me to train as a teacher as a back up! I subsequently worked for the BBC for many years, always behind the camera, but I’m very grateful for his sound advice, as this is the course my life took when I met my husband, and I’ve never looked back!
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I’m a primary school teacher in Dubai by day, and the Chairwoman of British charity Gulf for Good by night! I’m passionate about education, and I’m very fortunate to be able to channel my love for teaching with Gulf for Good’s mission to help vulnerable children and give them a better life.
It’s a huge privilege to be part of something that impacts others in such a real way. For example, last summer we took 45 participants to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, raising enough funds to build three new classrooms for children who were previously being taught under trees. Imagine your children not having the necessary resources, let alone a roof over their heads, to learn?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITY TO DO WITH YOUR CHILDREN?
I’ve just come back from our summer holiday to the Pyrenees, where we hiked and biked in the mountains. We are all outdoors fanatics, and love nothing more than time spent together with our back packs on!
HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR WEEKENDS?
Most weekends find me at a Gulf for Good training, whether its a beach hike, a stair climb, a bike ride, or one of the many hikes we run during the hiking season, which I adore!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE?
I love the wonderful movie, “Life is beautiful”. Its incredibly poignant, but the love and care the father has for his son is precious. I believe all life is precious, so it sings to my heart!
IF YOU COULD EAT ONE MEAL FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I’m a huge foodie, but if pushed, it would have to be salmon with ginger, chilli and sesame oil baked in a parcel with spinach and asparagus.
WHO’S YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH?
It’s not really a crush, but I used to work with Philip Schofield at the BBC, and loved him dearly. I’ve followed his career and life journey, and am immensely proud of him.
WHICH DESTINATION IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST TO VISIT?
I’m hoping to go to Malawi next year, to volunteer with our charity partner there, Sparkle and to hike in the amazing countryside.
WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
Dark chocolate. With salt, with raspberries, any way in fact!
IF YOU COULD HAVE A SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Currently, I’d have to say that to be able to cure Covid-19 would be amazing. I’m so worried about the number of vulnerable and lonely people there are in the world right now. It would be such a blessing to be able to help.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN DUBAI?
I love the diversity here, the opportunities living here brings, to meet and understand people from our cultures different from my own. This is the essence of the Gulf for Good community, and I find it inspiring and enriching.