Sheila, a doctor in electrochemistry from Loughborough University, taught in both public and private sector schools and colleges before moving her love of learning to the museum sector. Here she developed and assessed learning experiences in a diverse range of areas including archaeology, transport, science, regimental history and alternative technology for visitors ranging from primary school age to university academics. Her ongoing motivation was to try and encourage secondary schools to use the museum sector more as a valued educational tool. Several of her projects were EU funded and included on the Department for Education website as examples of good practice.

Since taking early retirement, Sheila now works as an associate hospital manager for Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire NHS trusts, where she chairs many review and appeal panels to ensure patients with severe mental health conditions are detained legally. Having been a parent governor many years ago, she considers it a privilege now to still be able to play a part in ensuring our children and our children’s children are given every opportunity to be the best they can be.