- Qualified Professional Orkney Tourist Guide
- Highland Park Distillery Accredited Guide
- Artist and Craft-worker
- Experienced Primary School Teacher.
I qualified as a Primary School teacher in 1979 and since then have taught in small village schools in Cornwall with less than 30 pupils, large city schools in the West Midlands and Lincolnshire with over 500 pupils, and a variety of situations in between. Since moving to Orkney, I have worked in Primary Schools all over Mainland and some of the Outer Isles with a variety of ages groups from Nursery to P7. I have now retired from teaching.
Wherever I have lived and worked I have always taken an active role in the local community, assisting at Youth Clubs, teaching in Sunday School, organising and leading Church groups for young people age 14-21, training as a Rainbow and Brownie unit leader with Girlguiding UK and for 3 years undertook the role of West Mainland District Commissioner. Now I am an active member of the local Trefoil Guild.
I have always had an interest in sewing, painting and craft work and since moving to Orkney in 2000 I have developed this more extensively. From 2005 to 2011 I ran a small retail outlet in Kirkwall and still regularly sell my crafts through local craft organisations.
During 2012 and 2013 I was the manageress of Appie’s Tearoom and Craft Gallery in Sandwick, West Mainland, and enjoyed meeting a wide range of people from around the world. Our menu promoted quality local Orkney produce and I was pleased to promote the wonderful landscapes, history and wildlife of Orkney alongside my husband Clive.
I look forward to combining all my skills and interests into promoting and developing Wildabout Orkney’s tours and holidays and to meeting some of you who are reading this.