I am honoured and privileged to be President of the Society this year. I was encouraged to attend the Tartan Ball by a good friend and member of St Andrew’s Society of Bradford. Pardon the pun but I had a Ball and was made very welcome by everyone.
Little did I know when I came to my first Tartan Ball that I would be invited to become a member and three years later to be made President of the Society.
My career has been varied and has changed directions many times over the years. I spent many years in the Hairdressing Industry learning the trade, managing a Hair Salon and eventually the proprietor. A change in career led me back to school, as it were, and study at the University of Bradford.
I have also been a Civil Servant working for the Inland Revenue as it was known then, but I am alright now. I have been a Support Worker for those with learning difficulties which was challenging at times but rewarding too. I spent many years as a Researcher and Administrator at Careers Europe which gave me the opportunity to travel and meet interesting people from all over Europe.
I have chosen two charities that are close to my heart. The Alzheimer’s Research UK, which firmly believe in the power of research to create a world free from fear and heartbreak of dementia, and Cancer Research UK.
I look forward to an exciting and interesting year and meeting members and guests at forthcoming events.