Why did you become a nurse?
At school, I really enjoyed biology, and I liked helping people so nursing seemed to be the logical choice. I decided in the last few years at school that’s what I wanted to do.
How has your career developed?
I started off in a neurosurgical unit in Newcastle for a year and half. I then decided I wanted to do my second children’s certificate, so I went back to Glasgow to do that. I worked in the children’s hospital, in the intensive care unit for five years. I then worked abroad in Malaysia for three years as a school nurse. Then I came back and worked very briefly in the pharmaceutical industry for a year, but I didn’t like it. So I then became a practice nurse. I have been one for 17 years, 15 of them have been in this place.
What was the inspiration to set up the project?
I’ve worked in Govan for 15 years and I’ve felt that there were no groups for men. There’s lots of groups for women and they get a lot of benefit from that. But there’s never been anything for guys. I wrote to quite a lot of the people who run the women’s groups and said why don’t you do anything for men? They said we’ve tried but they don’t come so it just folds.