Vice-President of the Conference in 1996, she was born on 16 May 1944 at Leicester. She was educated at Nottingham High School for Girls and Newnham College, Cambridge, followed by a year at Tübingen University and a post-graduate certificate in education at Leicester. She taught English and drama at Ollerton, Notts and at Peterborough. From 1970 to 1975 she taught in Ibadan and was a freelance editor for the Christian Council of Nigeria. Back home from 1975, she worked in Notting Hill, London, wrote for 'Partners in Learning', was MCOD editor 1983-1992, and managing editor of Connect and editor of the Prayer Handbook. In anticipation of her Vice-presidential year, she joined an MAYC 'sleep-out' to highlight the scandal of homelessness. Associated with the Iona Community from 1993, she was Deputy Warden from 1999 and from 2001 to 2004 Warden, based at the Abbey. As a freelance writer and storyteller, based on Mull, she has published a number of books, including poetry and Imaginary Conversations, as well as contributions to periodicals and anthologies.