My training career started back in 1980 when, after 7 years of teaching in secondary education, I decided to work training with community groups in Norwich. What followed were many years of working with a wide variety of groups offering training on health education issues, with ethnic minority groups, and confidence building. I moved to Glasgow in 1985 and continued to develop my training skills by becoming accredited in training for cognitive psychology (STEPS Pacific Institute) and early business skills with Scottish enterprise (Micro Credit and business start-up). For 10 years I also ran my own knitwear business and carried out 40 presentations a year about the inspiration for the knitwear designs and Scottish social history.
I worked for East Renfrewshire Council as a manager of a project helping long term unemployed people return to work before finally seeing the light and leaping into STGA Blue Badge training qualifying in 2012!
After a few years guiding I made the decision to put all these skills to use and qualified as an STGA Trainer in March 2016. I also qualified as an assessor for STGA guide assessments and will act as a mentor for the 2016-18 new group of STGA Blue Badge students.
I have served on STGA Board of Directors for over a year now and I currently hold the position of Vice Chairperson and Chair of the Training committee.