Growing up a stones throw from Turf Moor it was inevitable I’d become a lifelong Burnley fan. I would plead with my dad to take me on to matches in the 1970s when sadly football wasn’t the friendliest of environments for a little girl. I’ve flown the flag for Burnley wherever I’ve gone – travelling back from University just to make it to crunch games in the early 90s, to wandering off in the Salt pans in Bolivia to get radio reception for the final scores.
I spent 20 years living in London – working both in Parliament and in the voluntary sector on policy, research and campaign projects: including – among other things, work on homelessness; food safety policy; and supporting the All Party Parliamentary Football Group (I ensured Burnley FC were invited to give evidence to an enquiry into governance of football).
I was actively involved with the London Clarets, serving on the Committee for 10 years or so: representing the Supporters Club at APFSCIL (the Association of Provincial Supporters Clubs in London) which shared and sought to progress shared concerns and issues like travel to games, as assisting Editor and then Editor in Chief of the bi-monthly magazine “Something to Write Home About”.
So a varied past! I returned to the North in 2012 and was co-opted to the Clarets Trust a couple of years later before being elected to the Board. A chronic illness sufferer (with M.E.), I remain a season ticket holder at Burnley. There’s no doubting the importance of the Club within the town – Burnley FC plays a pivotal role in the community and, as the largest small shareholder, I hope to see the Trust’s role develop as lynchpin between community, club and a voice for the small shareholders.