Barbara was born in Belfast and moved to England at the age of 6 years.
She returned to study at Queen’s University and graduated in 1967 with an
Honours Degree in Zoology. She later obtained her MBA and her PhD.
Barbara has just retired from Director of Student Affairs at Stranmillis University
College, where she was previously Senior Tutor and Head of Science. She is
currently establishing her own cut flower and foliage business.
She served as Chairman of Women’s Forum Northern Ireland (1997 – 2001) and
was responsible for the inception of the Women’s Regional Consultative Forum
She served on the Parades Commission (1998 – 2001) and since January 2004 has been
one of the two Northern Ireland Commissioners on the Women’s National