Heather grew up in Wandsworth, London, and was elected as a Conservative Councillor there at the age of 22. After serving a full council term she moved to Bretby in South Derbyshire. In 1995 Heather was elected onto South Derbyshire’s District Council, becoming Leader of the Conservatives and in 2007 Leader of the Council. Heather remained Leader until her successful Parliamentary election victory in 2010. Heather continued to be a district councillor for Repton until May 2011.
Heather is also a qualified Associate of the Charted Insurance Institute and worked for Lloyd’s Insurance broking firms between 1977 and 1987.
In September 2016 Heather was made a Government Whip under Theresa May's new administration. Heather is a committed Brexiteer and is delighted to be working with the government to promote business growth, exporting and apprenticeships in post Brexit Britain. She currently works with Secretary of State Liam Fox MP in the Department for International Trade so is well placed to see the opportunities for the UK to export to countries both inside and outside of the EU, a matter of huge importance to businesses in South Derbyshire.