Bet has been a Borough councillor since 2002 – she is keen to promote environmental issues, especially through local actions. She is also keen to build up local communities in Reading and get more people involved in working within their own community – however they define that. She is proud of Reading’s record of tolerant community life and does what she can to maintain it. She believes a variety of cultures enriches all our lives.
She is currently also a trustee of Reading Citizens Advice Bureau and a governor of the Royal Berks Hospital and Berkshire Healthcare NHS trusts.
Bet has one grown-up son. In her spare time, she is a very keen walker and her bike is her preferred mode of local transport. She also enjoys yoga and cinema.
She likes to do something creative – for example, beading, dressmaking, knitting; loves craft fairs and handmade, individual goods; loves fair-trade; dislikes shopping.
She lived in Africa for 5 years and still visits when she can, though her carbon budget constrains her travel. She is convinced that those concerned with the environment and sustainable future agenda must work together with those concerned about poverty in the world - these agendas must be convergent, not parallel.