Lydia has had a varied career and currently runs her own business as well as being a member of the governing body of the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales).
Lydia had a difficult childhood following her mother’s suicide when she was just four years old. By working hard and taking opportunities wherever she could, she escaped from a difficult home life to spend a year overseas as a volunteer English teacher and to return to study psychology at university. On graduating Lydia changed tack and entered the world of business where she trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. This has opened the gates to enormous opportunities. Lydia has lived and worked on four continents and had a variety of interesting, challenging and enjoyable roles.
Lydia is passionate about social mobility, believing that we should aim to help all children achieve the best they can. She is an authoritative and captivating speaker who will encourage children to dare to dreams their dreams and then to follow them – as belief is the first step in the race for your dreams. She will also give children an insight into the world of work and how to enter it. This includes talking about compromises that they might need to consider if they’re going to do the best they can. More than anything she aims to give them the courage to believe that they can influence the world around them and be happier than if they don’t take control.
President of Murray Edwards College
General Secretary, NASUWT
Senior Adviser Welsh Affairs for Severn Trent Water and Former Director, BT Wales
MD, Ducati UK
Assembly Member and Former Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats