In 1998, Barbara started her teaching career at Notre Dame High School, Greenock, as RE teacher and then Acting Assistant Principal Teacher of Guidance. Appointed Principal Teacher of RE in 2001, she took on the role of Acting Depute Head Teacher in 2007.
Barbara was appointed to the post of RE Adviser to SCES, the Archdiocese of Glasgow and the Diocese of Motherwell in January 2009. While remaining in the SCES role, she also became RE Coordinator for the Diocese of Motherwell in 2013.
Barbara studied Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow, gaining a Bachelor of Divinity in 1996, and went on to St Andrew’s College of Education, where she qualified as a teacher of Religious Education in 1998. She has also obtained two postgraduate certificates in Educational Leadership at the University of Stirling. In 2015, Barbara gained a postgraduate Diploma in Emerging Leadership of Christian Schools from Kirchliche Pädagogische Hochschule, Vienna, in association with Fordham University, New York, and is currently completing a master’s degree in Catholic School Leadership at St Mary’s University, London.
Barbara is married to Marlon and stepmum to two children.