Annabel first came to Bath when her father was posted to the City with the Royal Navy. In 1990 she graduated from Bristol University with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. After graduation she worked for British Gas where she qualified as a Chartered Engineer, at the time one of the youngest female Chartered Engineers in the UK. In 1996 she started her first business, producing and selling tapestries. In 1998 following a move back to the South West, she was appointed as a Director of Gavial Ltd, a website business operating from Monkton Combe. At the time the internet was in its infancy and one of the company’s first websites was hosted at Bath University.
As a single mother to three young men one of whom has Downs Syndrome she has had over 20 years of first-hand experience navigating local authorities, education, social care, welfare and the NHS - all core services people rely on every day.
Her interest and success in campaigning for people with learning difficulties led to a move into politics. She was a District Councillor from 2011 to 2015 in North Somerset where she led a campaign to increase availability and uptake of direct payments in the county - the numbers rose from 8 into the hundreds. Numerous local campaigns included pylon protests and representations, housing, buses, education, social care and transport. She represented the Council at Bristol Airport Consultative Committee during a period of major development.
As an Engineer, Annabel has a very good understanding of the major challenges we face in the modern world, including energy, climate change, the environment and technology. We are only now beginning to see the impact of the internet and data revolutions and having MPs who fully understand this technology will be vitally important to the country's future prosperity and success.
A passionate outdoor enthusiast, she has a great interest in health and wellbeing through outdoor activities. She is a qualified mountain leader, in the summer enjoying time in the mountains, climbing and working with young people undertaking Duke of Edinburgh award expeditions. In the winter she enjoys ice climbing in Europe.