I was born in Dominica and came up to the UK to join my mother in October 1967. I attended Holland Park School. On leaving school, I worked as a Junior Secretary and then as a Personal Secretary in the Health & Safety Executive. I took three years off work to undertake my degree in Social Sciences, followed by my Masters in Sociology of Education. I have worked in Education for many years as an Education Welfare Officer, firstly with the ILEA and then with LB Camden from 1990, up to retirement. I have been involved with DASSSA for some years now and will hopefully continue for the foreseeable future.