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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

in 2000.


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

Commission (WNC).

Married, with two children and three grandchildren, Barbara is a volunteer with

Cruse Bereavement Care, Belfast.  She has wide interests which include

dressmaking, handicrafts, gardening, travel and watercolour painting.



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