Lisa is a journalist, with a career spanning local newspapers, the BBC and 20 Years at The Financial Times. She left the FT and became a freelance journalist after she and her husband decided that their son, who has moderate to severe autism, would benefit from a home education programme. She believes that people with autism and learning difficulties often suffer from an education system that is inadequately resourced with low expectations.

She has  served as a trustee of NACRO, the charity for ex-offenders and was on the board of a London FE college. In addition to supporting autism charities she supports a number of charities whose activities deliver services to autistic people.

She is a sheep farmer’s daughter from Cumbria , the first, but not the last in her extended family to go to university.  She retains her deep love for the land and has planted hundreds of trees.