Educated at Bedford College, London University. Born in 1948. Previously, a Lecturer and Manager at Coleg Glan Hafren, Cardiff's Tertiary College. Also a former Cardiff Councillor and Leader of the Opposition on Cardiff County Council. She was a JP prior to election to the Assembly.
She has extensive political experience in government at UK and Wales level. She was Health and Social Services; Equal Opportunities and Finance Spokeswoman during the Second Welsh Assembly.
As a patron of Cardiff Deaf Centre she will be an excellent spokesperson for the centre and raise awareness of issues that Deaf people face every day.
Her interests include the economy, environment, education and Europe.