PCC Secretary / Parish Safeguarding officer / parish magazine editor
I was born in South-London and had a great childhood with loving parents and older brother. I left school when I was seventeen having just sat my GCEs, and worked for the Ministry of Works (now Department of Environment) and then the Ministry of Defence. After leaving the Ministry I worked for several firms including Estate Agents, a Head Hunter, Insurance Brokers and eventually moving to Solicitors. I have worked for three firms of Solicitors, mostly involved with criminal law and litigation, and finally became a PA to the head of the litigation department and gained a Paralegal Vocational Certificate. I enjoyed my working life until I retired in 2017.
Upon retiring, I took six months “sabbatical” after which, having time on my hands, decided I would put my efforts into helping wherever I could at All Saints’, having been a member since moving to Orpington in 2006.
I was already PCC Secretary, but I was asked if I would become Safeguarding Officer, and having done the Diocese’s training, I agreed. I was then asked if I would take over as Editor of the Saints Alive! magazine. This is something I really enjoy and I love the challenge of trying to get interesting articles to include each month, and the interaction with other members of the congregation asking them for their stories to include. I am really grateful to All Saints’ for giving me the opportunity to use my “talents” in a useful and enjoyable way, and I hope to continue for many years to come.