Valerie has spent a third of her life in the UK, a third in New Zealand and a third in Australia, with sojourns in Belize and Fiji, and brief work assignments in South Africa and Malaysia. She has degrees in Sociology, Education and Medical Sociology.
Working mainly in the tertiary sector of education but also in high school, adult literacy and social work in the mental health sector, Valerie has drawn on her diverse experience to publish in the areas of women’s health, feminist pedagogy, and Global Citizenship Education.
In retirement she has taken several intensive online courses in writing through Oxford University. She published her memoir of her experiences in Fiji at the end of 2021 and is now researching and writing a novel set in the Marlborough Sounds in NZ in the 1980s.