I have lived in Burley since 1997, having moved here with my husband and two sons because of my job. I live in a new 'ecohouse' on Moor Lane. I worked for Barclays PLC for 25 years, ending my career there in 2005 as Regional Director for the North East. I then worked in mental health as the director of Leeds Mind. I am now retired and do lots of voluntary work particularly in the areas of mental health, dementia, learning disability, the library, refugees, the NHS, the Community Trust, Burley Bridge, Ilkley Playhouse and rights at the end of life. I am delighted to have been elected to the Parish Council; I love our village and think that we are very privileged to live here. However, there are always things that could be better and I am particularly interested in improving facilities for older people, for people with disabilities and for people who may be isolated, and also in ensuring that the special character of our village is maintained.