I have always lived and worked in Cheshire and therefore I appreciate the importance of ensuring the region has quality candidates to drive our industry and arts. I went to school at North Cestrian Grammar in Altrincham and then onto study business studies at Sheffield Polytechnic. After finishing my studies in Sheffield, I moved back to Cheshire and undertook a career in accountancy, qualifying as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1991. I have worked for nearly 30 years in Northwich at Nalco, and latterly Ecolab, as a Finance Director for the UK, Ireland and Nordic countries. As a trustee, I wish to utilise my experience, gained in the business world, to support the Foundation develop and flourish, enabling it to provide the children of the area with the best platform to start their academic and working lives.