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Although born near Manchester, Liz spent most of her childhood in Worcester Park.  She studied Ophthalmic Optics at City University, where she met Chris.  They married, she completed her training to become an Optometrist and they moved to North Holmwood.

In 1976, with a baby and a toddler, they moved and settled in Epsom.  Liz worked very part-time, fitting in around the children.  She gradually became involved in their daughter’s school’s Parent / Staff Association, took up playing badminton, and became a Youth Club / Junior Church leader at her church. As the children grew older, she increased her work and looked for new interests.  In 1995 she was appointed to a new post of Optometric Advisor to Merton, Sutton & Wandsworth Health Authority.  She still undertakes both part time Optometric Advising and some clinical work as an optometrist.  Also in 1995 she was elected as a Councillor for the Association of Optometrists (AOP).  She was soon appointed to the Board and served as AOP chairman from 2001-03.

Liz had been involved in the Woodcote (Epsom) Residents’ Society for many years,  both as a committee member and chairman.  Then in 2011 she was asked if she would stand for election to the Borough Council.  She agreed, and so decided not to stand for re-election to the AOP Council.

During her time as a Borough Councillor, Liz has served on the Social Committee (vice chairman), Strategy & Resources Committee, Environment Committee and Local Committee and has chaired the Health Liaison Panel.  Her outside body appointments include the Management Committee for the Citizen’s Advice, Epsom & Ewell; Epsom & Ewell’s Mental Health Champion; Epsom & Walton Downs Conservators (chairman); Downs Consultative Committee (chairman) and Training Grounds Management Committee.

Liz would like to use her Mayoral Year to publicise and promote the horse training and racing industry in the borough, and to raise awareness that for all of us, our mental as well as physical health is important and has its ups and downs.

 During this year, Liz has elected to support three charities.  These are: