Over 30 years, my previous career spanned every sector of the education scene in Scotland, culminating in the world of higher education – latterly as Director of Recruitment and Admissions at the University of Edinburgh. I have had an active involvement in the development of education policy and practice at corporate, regional and national level and continue to take a keen interest in all contemporary issues.
From the competitive international world of student recruitment emerged three driving passions – a pride and fascination in the country of my birth; a love of travel and diverse cultures; and the passion to deliver customer service that exceeds all expectations.
A fortuitous opportunity to take early retirement in 2010 allowed me to embark on a new chapter in my life. The obvious progression? Two years of intensive study to gain the Scottish Tourist Guides Association Blue Badge Qualification. New skills, a whole lot of knowledge and the chance to share my passion and enthusiasm while interpreting Scotland for you the visitor.
In 2013 I was invited to guide for Rick Steves, Europe by The Back Door on his “Best of Scotland in 10 Days” tours. Thanks to this I now have friends spread all over the USA, Canada and beyond!
Today, I balance the role of a tourist guide with an ongoing interest in education at home and abroad through roles including Governor of a large, independent boarding school in Scotland and Director of the Advisory Board of a student recruitment agency based in Thailand.
Outside the guiding season, winter is now used to indulge my own passion for travel!
For my vacation this year, I took one of my own Rick Steves Best of Scotland tours and it was led by Liz Lister. After travelling with Liz for ten beautiful days, it's clear, Liz loves people, she loves her work, and she knows her stuff. Liz worked behind the scenes to keep things going smoothly and made positive serendipity the norm. During the tour, I kept thinking how delightful it was to be in the care of a proud Scottish woman for my Scottish travel experience. Thanks Liz for a great trip! Rick Steves, Rick Steves Europe, Edmonds, USA