…was born in the year Neil Armstrong made ‘one giant leap for mankind,’ David Bowie released ‘Space Oddity,’ Concorde broke the sound barrier, John Lennon returned his OBE and The Troubles began in Northern Ireland. It was an eventful year!
…grew up with my parents, kid brother who is one year and 364 days younger than me and a variety of pets hence a life-long love of animals.
…lived in an unconventional household. Dad worked shifts, we had no concept of regular routines and often saw blood on his uniform. He helped a lot of people live and made dying less frightening for the others. Mum was gentle, able and free-thinking. She was an awesome role model and her untimely death completely shattered my world.
…was a curious child and remains a curious adult. My passions for space, science, nature and technology haven’t waned. I’m happy to be deemed a geek undertaking a career where even today there are very few women. I’ve been IT Director, CTO and CIO in fascinating and ground-breaking businesses.
…has a supportive husband and an amazing son who is everything I ever wished for and more. He deserves a great life because he’s bright, funny and shows compassion for others well beyond his years.
…has a lot of faith but no particular religion. I’ve never asked for anything but got breast cancer anyway. I’m grateful to all the brilliant NHS medical folks and the other good people around me for providing so much support while I trudge up Everest in my flip-flops and a Sarong.