It's a great honour to have been selected as the local candidate for the Conservatives in Westminster North for 2017.
I have lived in our constituency all my adult life, having arrived here at the age of 19 with nothing but a good grammar school education and a job as a trainee at Thames Television. I worked at Thames Television for 11 years, working my way through the ranks on programmes including health, religious current affairs, local news, sports and children’s until I moved on to BSkyB as a freelance presenter/reporter in 1990.
In 1994 I returned to education as a post-grad at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Using my post-graduate degree, I joined my husband Bob in the family art and antiques business in the West End where I ran our programme of international trade fairs, exhibitions and publications specialising in the arts of China.
My husband Bob and I have been married for over 30 years. We have three lovely daughters known as the three Gs – Gemma, Georgia & Genevieve and two fluffy dogs – Nellie and Basil. Gemma is a graphic designer and got married in April this year, Georgia is working for an investment bank in Sydney, and Gen is studying interior design at university. I am so lucky to have “Team Hall” beside me on my political journey; their support allows me to focus on working with the residents and businesses of Westminster North on the issues which really matter.
Westminster City Council
In 2007 I was elected as the Member for the Abbey Road Ward at Westminster City Council. I have really enjoyed cutting my political “teeth” in making the transition from a non-political background by applying common sense that comes with maturity and experience from the outside world and getting my head around the complex systems of governance and government speak that seems so alien to most people. For more info on the politics see My Views.
Since 2009 I have served as a local School Governor at both the Dorothy Gardener and the Mary Patterson Nursery Schools in W9, and also at St George’s RC in Maida Vale. I have particularly enjoyed these roles because I have been able to draw upon my experiences as both a resident of W9 and as a parent, to really give something back to our community.
While the girls were at school, I spent a lot of time fundraising for charities such as ChildLine, Haven Breast Cancer Trust, Action on Addiction, the London Children’s Ballet and the disabled children’s charity KIDS. In 1998 I chaired the inaugural Asian Art in London fundraiser for Great Ormond Street’s project in Bangladesh. I firmly believe in the importance of giving back to communities and I am proud to have been able to fundraise and support these charities.