I was born in Lerwick, Shetland and, although I grew up in Aberdeen, Scotland, I have lived most of my life in the islands.
As a child, I regularly came back to the islands during school holidays – exploring the area, going off on boats, listening to stories and diving into the history, folklore and culture of Shetland.
On leaving school, I came back to live and work. I worked for several years in the North Sea oil industry in Shetland before going to university and eventually becoming a History & IT teacher.
I am a founder-member of the Shetland Islands Tourist Guide Association, which was formed in 1994, and am the current Chairperson.
I taught in the Glasgow area, from 2011 to 2014, when I returned home - I missed the islands.
Moving to the island of Unst, I became involved in the community – trustee of the Shetland Heritage Centre, a director of the local development company, a member of the writers’ group and book group, and performed in panto.
I regularly perform stand-up comedy, having been several years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since 2015, I have been a member of Shetland’s only improvised comedy troupe, including performing at the inaugural Edinburgh International Improve Festival.
Now, I want to show people what is so unique, interesting and fascinating about Shetland, my beautiful island home.