I was born in New York and moved to the UK in the early 70s, becoming a naturalised citizen in 2012. My parents were dedicated conservationists and ecologists, so I grew up respecting the planet and all that it contains and supports. My career centred on healthcare and care quality improvement. I retired from paid employment in 2015 and now work on a voluntary basis for several organisations that promote the voice of the lay person, patient and carer. My beliefs are based on respect: respect for other people, their values and needs and respect for the wonder and complexity of nature, without which we cannot exist.