Educated at Bedford College, London University. Born in 1948. Previously, a Lecturer and Manager at Coleg Glan Hafren, Cardiff's Tertiary College. Also a former Cardiff Councillor and Leader of the Opposition on Cardiff County Council. She was a JP prior to election to the Assembly.
She has extensive political experience in government at UK and Wales level. She was Health and Social Services; Equal Opportunities and Finance Spokeswoman during the Second Welsh Assembly.