Anita is a chartered accountant and former small business owner who lives in a village in the heart of her constituency, Grantham & Stamford. She is an associate partner in a major consultancy firm, and is experienced in bringing teams together to work on complex projects- this requires energy, negotiation skills… and a sense of humour when things don't go to plan!
As a business-woman & mother, she campaigns on subjects close to her heart: good quality education or work-related training for all young people, not just the privileged few; well-planned, affordable & social housing to tackle homelessness and enable people to take their first steps on the housing ladder; support for small businesses & farmers in rural towns and the countryside to help them survive soaring operating costs and staff shortages; social care which provides people in need with the support they deserve, close to home.
She is also a long-time community campaigner & has been a volunteer counsellor/mentor in homeless charities and foodbanks for many years. As a trustee of Grantham Foodbank, she knows only too well how much local people are struggling to make ends meet, and has been working to establish a free debt advice service for the people of Grantham to help tackle the issues of spiralling personal debt.
Another major concern are our issues around healthcare locally, both with hospitals (such as the long-running campaign for Grantham Hospital A&E) and rural GPs. As the mother of a junior doctor, she sees at first hand the strain that NHS primary care and hospital staff are under, so is campaigning to create sustainable solutions that will allow hard-pressed doctors & nurses give their patients the care they need, and which includes integrated management & planning of health & social care.
Outside work, she is a member of Stamford Shoestring Theatre Company, and a keen gardener and cook, who will often be seen walking her rescue dog across the fields near her village.