Barbara has a comprehensive background in accountancy practices. Working with Nottingham Trent University since 1978, Barbara was involved in the creation and implementation of company degree programmes working with renowned companies such as Boots The Chemist and Rolls-Royce. During this time Barbara worked upon designing government sponsored degree apprenticeships in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute.

Since retiring Barbara now volunteers her expertise with the Nottingham Macmillan Committee as Treasurer and enjoys combining her interest in the arts with her finance expertise.