Qualified Professional Orkney Tourist Guide
Artist and Craft-worker
Experienced Primary School Teacher (now retired)
I qualified as a Primary School teacher in 1979 and since then have taught in small village schools in Cornwall with less than 30 pupils and large city schools in the West Midlands and Lincolnshire with over 500 pupils. Since moving to Orkney in 2000 I have worked in many island Primary schools on short and long term contracts, finally combining supply work with tour guiding.
Wherever I have lived and worked I have always taken an active role in the local community, assisting at Youth Clubs, teaching in Sunday School, organising and leading Church groups for young people age 14-21. I also became a Rainbow and Brownie unit leader with Girlguiding UK and took on the role of West Mainland District Commissioner for a few years. I am now an active member of the Trefoil Guild and also the SWI.
I have always had an interest in sewing, drawing, painting and craft work and in recent years have been able to take inspiration from the Orkney scenery and wildlife. I still regularly sell my crafts through local craft organisations and enjoy entering local competitions at the Industrial Shows and through the SWI. I regularly get asked to judge children’s art and craft work and organise craft activities and classes for many different groups.
I completed my Green Badge training course in 2014-2015 and initially worked as a step on guide for the cruise ship excursions, leading groups on walking tours of Kirkwall, nature walks and tours of the key archaeological sites of Orkney. Later I became a driver guide with my own vehicle and now work in partnership with my husband Clive for our own business Wildabout Orkney, however I still work as a step on guide for private coach bookings too.