Born and bred in the North East, Barbara lives in North Tyneside and has two grown up sons, five grandchildren and a devoted companion called Sweep.
Barbara spent most of her career in project management, marketing & PR before moving into the voluntary sector 25 years ago, leading two North East charities as Chief Executive and raising millions of pounds for local good causes.
In a voluntary capacity, as well as being a magistrate for 16 years, Barbara mentored young people at risk of offending and supported other local charities and initiatives. She is currently a school governor and local people and communities is what she cares about.
In June 2017, Barbara was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her contribution to voluntary services.