After graduating I trained and qualified as a Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor at Bidwells in Cambridge, continuing my passion for rowing along the River Cam, but increasingly missing walking in the hills of Yorkshire.
When an opportunity arose for me to join Deloitte’s Regional Development and Regeneration Team in Leeds, I grasped it with both hands. My passport back to Yorkshire – yippee!
Yorkshire will always be the place I call home.
I travelled extensively across the UK, working for public sector clients whilst getting to grips with Strategy Consulting and the Corporate World. I also learnt the importance of having store cupboard ingredients in to rustle up dinner at late notice! I fundraised extensively through the Corporate Charity Scheme and put together training weekends for a team of us climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, bringing groups of city folk to wide open spaces I knew in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales – it was great fun. My time at the Firm was stimulating and exhausting, but ultimately not quite me.
Still in Leeds, I took my consultancy skills back in to property, working at Jones Lang LaSalle, where I was promoted to an Associate Director following a successful secondment in to the Civil Service in London. I was all too familiar with train rides to the capital, working on laptops in tight spaces, holding take-away cups of tea, and frequenting station car parks in the early morning and late evening. Trade-offs for a stimulating job, certainly, but the kind of life that saw me retreating at weekends to walk and explore Yorkshire’s green spaces.
Whilst in Leeds I met my now husband, Rob. Together with our friends from St George’s Church, we organised a charity bike ride from London to Paris, recruiting another 35 cyclists to join us and a support team of 10. We acquired road bikes and fell in love with road cycling, training together in the Yorkshire hills. It was such a fantastic time of team work, outdoor exercise and purpose.
Once married, we talked about whether it would be a good time in our lives to move back to the Skipton area to help my parents out in their growing business. So many times I picked up the career change book ‘If not now, when?’. When Rob was offered a job at a company based down the road at Broughton Hall Business Park, it clinched the deal. It felt meant to be.
Now living at Newton Grange Farm in Bank Newton, we find it the most wonderful place to raise our two young daughters, with the freedom of green spaces all around, the beauty of the Leeds Liverpool Canal network on our doorstep and one set of grandparents a few miles down the road.