Barbara came to live in West Cumbria in 1993 to head up the now defunct West Cumbria Development Agency. When that role came to an end, she commuted weekly to London for work for 16 years, while retaining her home locally, until she retired in 2014. Throughout she and her husband have been regular attendees at the Carnegie and her husband was a member of the Carnegie Singers for over 20 years. She brings extensive experience as a trustee in local and national charities and not for profit bodies, and sees the Carnegie as being at the heart of the community.