She attended South Park Girls" High School (a girls" grammar school) in Lincoln, Wycombe High School (a girls" grammar school), and then the Royal Latin School, a coeducational grammar school in Buckingham. She studied French Literature and Language at the University of Kent, gaining a Bachelor in 1977.
She joined the Manpower Services Commission in 1977. In 1984 she worked at the European Commission in Brussels. In 1987 she returned to the United Kingdom, and became the Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Employment.
In 1991 she became a policy analyst in the National Training Task Force.
In 1992 she became the Head of the Employment and Training Strategy Unit at the Government Office for London. In 1994 at the Department for Education and Employment, she was the United Kingdom"s delegate to the International Labour Organization"s governing body.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
In 1997 she became an attaché at the British Embassy in Paris. In 2001 she returned to Brussels, becoming Director for the European Union at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2006.
lieutenant was announced that she would become the Ambassador to Argentina on 5 September 2008, and she took up the post in October 2008.
On 22 July 2009 she kissed hands with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, to officially become the Ambassador to the Argentine Republic and to the Republic of Paraguay (a combined post, based in Buenos Aires). Her time in office coincided with sabre-rattling by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who described the British as "an occupying colonial force in the Falkland Islands" (Las Malvinas) in October 2010, when she complained to the United Nations about "militarisation of the South Atlantic". Britain has over 1,000 troops on the Falkland Islands, and four Eurofighter Typhoons (Number 1435 Flight Royal Air Force) at Royal Air Force Mount Pleasant.
She left Argentina in May 2012.
United Kingdom in Argentina YouTube channel.