I left school in 1979 with science A levels and began a career in the NHS as a biomedical scientist. Over the years, I studied and gained postgraduate qualifications in clinical biochemistry, immunology and education.
I have a PGCertEd to teach in post-compulsory education.
For the last ten years of my NHS life, I was deputy head biomedical scientist in clinical biochemistry at Harefield Hospital, as well as the designated training officer. I was responsible for training and education within the department, as well as the workplace tutor for the University of Westminster, supporting trainee biomedical scientists and visiting placement students.
I have taught GCSE chemistry and A level biology in a 6th form college, and have lectured at university in both undergraduate biomedical science and postgraduate laboratory training and education.
In 2007, I began working as a private tutor. I have been able to draw on my extensive experience in training and mentoring young people in, as well as my knowledge and expertise in life science.