Having grown up in the Forest of Dean, I now own my own gym business with my husband - Ironmasters Gym - based in Cinderford. Prior to running my gym, I spent approximately 8-years in the education sector working with a wide range of young people, including SEN students and children in care at secondary school and sports students at college. I then went on to work as a Project Manager in the NHS, predominately for Women's and Children's services before ending my paid employment posts at a small National Charity, Support Organisation for Trisomy (SOFT UK), where I was responsible for grant funding to support families who have been given the news that their baby has a life-limiting genetic condition.
My passion is for working with women and young people and when I'm not in the gym with my coaching clients, I am a mom to three boys and a competitive bodybuilder.
I love being outdoors and fully believe in the power of fun, physical activity and strong community bonds on health and well-being. For me, being 'fit' isn't just about being physically fit, but about being mentally, emotionally and spiritually fit too. FUSE is characterised by this - the very concept of FUSE is built on the foundations of family, fun, fitness, friends and future.
I love the Forest of Dean. I think it's a great place to live, work and raise my family. I also think the people who live here deserve to have something amazing locally that we can all be proud of. FUSE is rooted firmly within the community and is driven by the community for the community. The FUSE vision will see many benefits being delivered to the area and beyond, including raising aspirations, creating opportunity and inspiring our community, particularly our younger people, to be, do and have more. It is a truly exciting and appealing concept!
Previous Community Involvement
I believe in the power of giving back. I am passionate about getting young people social and active. Over the years I have been involved with running sessions for young people in athletics, running and in the gym. I work free-of-charge with many young people, particularly those who have been through trauma and/or those who are disengaged with education and society in general.
One of the benefits or running my own business is that I have a ready-made platform for doing 'good'. Through my business I have also run many fundraisers for several local charities. I am an animal lover and have also volunteered previously for the local branch of the Greyhound Rescue Trust.
What do you bring to FUSE?
My skills as a business woman and the experience I have of building a strong community as I have done over the last few years of running my gym. I have many transferable skills from my working background. Perhaps, more importantly, I am bringing my drive, passion and ambition to see this vision realised because I absolutely believe in the ability of this to have a huge positive impact on the Forest of Dean.
The benefits of FUSE are huge and far-reaching. There are great people living and working locally and with the help and support of our community, together we are creating a legacy for The Forest.