I am a businesswoman, wife, mother and daughter, but not always in that order.
After graduating with a BSc(Hons) in Geography from King’s College, London University, I trained as a Chartered Accountant in the City of London. It was here that I met my husband Phil, to whom I have now been married for 26 years.
In 1990 I joined KPMG in Guernsey and was a director of their trust company for several years. Following a take-over, I became a director of Kleinwort Benson’s Trust Company and headed up its operations department in Guernsey and Jersey. In 2003 I was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the international law firm Carey Olsen.
There ends the typical business profile. In 2006, having been disillusioned with the traditional business model, Phil and I set up The Mundi Group Ltd. A ‘not just for profit’ company, it aims to promote ethical business and make a positive difference. We are probably best known for our fair trade Mondomundi shops and have one of the largest fair trade retail businesses in the British Isles.
I have also part owned and run a small fiduciary company called Parish Group Ltd.
Education and training has always been close to my heart. My mother was a teacher and there are many in my family who are involved in education. I sat as a business representative on the States of Guernsey Lifelong Learning Advisory Committee and was also a member of the training committee of the Guernsey Society of Chartered and Certified Accountants.
I have 2 children; Alex and Dominic, both of whom went to St Martin’s Primary School and are now at university in the UK. I was a Chairman of the St Martin’s PTA when they were younger and have been a Governor of The Ladies’ College since 2016.
Phil was a Constable and Douzenier of St Martin’s Parish for many years.
I have been a Director of the Friends of Saumarez Park Playground LBG that, thanks to the generous donations from Islanders has managed to build a fabulous place for children to learn through play.
To relax, I like cycling Guernsey’s green lanes, gardening and painting. I’ve also run a few charity races, including the Great North Run and the London Marathon and one day would like to cycle across America.
I was delighted and honoured to be included in the IFC Citywealth Power Women Top 200 3 years in a row.