‌‌‌‌I originally trained as a scientist in an NHS pathology laboratory, and worked in the NHS for 16 years.  I then had a change of career, and went to study law, qualifying as a solicitor in 1994. I specialised in personal injury and clinical negligence, working in a number of firms in the North-East and Merseyside area, including being a salaried partner for 5 years. I was also very involved in local legal societies, being Chair of the local Association of Women Solicitors (as it was then) for four years), and have been a Director of Liverpool Law Society since Liverpool Law Society since 2004, holding the post of President in 2013-4. This year I took early retirement to be able to do my PhD.

In addition to my legal career I have an interest in research ethics, having been a member of an NHS Research Ethics Committee since 2005, and Chair since 2012, and 2 years ago became a member of Liverpool University Research Ethics Sub-Committee for Physical Interventions


I studied for an LLM in Medical Law and Ethics 6 years ago, the dissertation for which was on the Alder Hey Retained Tissue and Organs Controversy. I want to build on that topic for my PhD, researching into the effects the situation, and the subsequent enquiries, had on legislation and procedure, and how it has affected researchers, participants and clinicians.

External Engagement

Director of Liverpool Law Society, Chair of Liverpool East REC, member of Liverpool University RESPI.