Sylvia qualified as a nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital. Her speciality was theatre work and she joined Nuffield Hospitals as Clinical Nurse Adviser before becoming Assistant Chief Nursing Officer. As she was interested in elder care, she set up a company owning and managing several care homes nationwide, including involvement in design of new-build homes and assisted living apartments, and also running a psychiatric hospital treating ex-service personnel suffering PTSD.
Sylvia was in the Reserves, where her last appointment was Commanding Officer of 256 (City of London) Field Hospital (V). She was awarded an OBE for voluntary work with SSAFA, also Queen’s Honorary Nursing Sister and the Territorial Decoration. She is a Freeman of the City of London. Born in Yorkshire, Sylvia lives in Shropshire.