Irene’s professional career has been with East and West Sussex Country Council. She began by stamping books at Haywards Heath Library and ended up at East Sussex as Assistant Director being responsible for front facing services: libraries, the Record Office, Registrars, Customer Service, Complaints, Freedom of Information and Data Protection She also picked up experience on electronic information creation, websites and Music services on the way.
Irene has been a trustee for over 20 years in various organisations, mostly literary , but also has been a Governor of a secondary school and is currently a Trustee of Cats Protection and the RSA, the latter being historically responsible amongst other things for chimney sweep brushes, public toilets, lifeboats, the Great Exhibition and shorthand/typing exams.
The particular skills she brings to the table are strategic thinking, volunteer management, HR, fund raising, building construction and maintenance, information science, enquiry work, customer service and project management.
She relaxes by cooking for family and friends and travelling the world, both of which she writes about.