UPDATE: Since March 22nd 2018 Linda is also a Labour Councillor for Castle Ward on the Sleaford Town Council.
Linda is currently our CLP Treasurer. She arrived in the Sleaford area age 9 with her RAF family and lived in Cranwell where her father worked as an NCO. At the time her mother was a school-dinner lady at Cranwell County Primary School which is where Linda went to school with her older sister Janet. When Linda was 11 she moved to Kesteven and Sleaford High School for Girls in the centre of Sleaford. Her father died while she was a pupil at the school so the family moved to Sleaford and lived in St Denys Avenue. Linda’s mum became a nurse at Rauceby Hospital. During her school holidays Linda worked on the land, at Padleys chicken factory and on the wards at Rauceby Hospital. She was also a Saturday girl at Woolworth’s.
Linda took A-levels at Grantham College for Further Education and then left home to study Physics at Lanchester Polytechnic, now called Coventry University. After getting her degree Linda worked in Research & Development in manufacturing industry including aerospace, textiles and semiconductors. She also spent some time living in Amsterdam where she worked for a major science publisher. On returning to the UK Linda studied for a Master’s Degree at Imperial College in London and after another stint in industry became a lecturer at London South Bank University where she spent fifteen years teaching Physics to Engineering students and designing and managing courses. During this time she was Co-Founder of the Women in Engineering Centre and a Governor and trade-union rep (NATFHE).
She married her husband Paul in St Denys Church in 1983. The Sleaford Standard’s account of the wedding was under the headline ‘Physicists marry’! Linda is now self-employed and works as a private tutor to adults. She’s also an actor, playwright and costume designer. These days her passion is directed towards the official WASPI Campaign that was set up to demand fair transitional arrangements for the 3.8 million women born in the 1950s who have had their state retirement pensions withheld for up to six years with very little or no notice. Other interests include politics, education, defence and the arts.
Linda returned to Sleaford in 2014 where she lives with her husband.