Sue & Victoria Riches

Sue was born in January 1946. Following school and a year in Paris she did a bilingual secretarial course, after which she worked in London for six months as a very inefficient secretary! In 1967, she married Jeremy, a solicitor, and had three children, Victoria, Philip, and Edward. Sue started up a catering business in the early eighties and catered for weddings, 21st’s and business lunches for nearly twenty years. However, she decided to change her career having had breast cancer and a mastectomy, so did a TEFL course and started teaching English to foreign business men both at Berlitz and at home; two weeks of lessons, gastronomic food and culture, (which of course includes visiting local pubs!). Sue is now book writing, lecturing to a huge variety of people – there are not many women on the after dinner circuit. She also lectures on cruise ships, a good way of seeing the world and meeting some fascinating people. At the moment, she is in the final stages of an Open University degree, six years of hard slog! At the same time, she is looking for something exciting to do next!

Victoria born in September 1970 – she was head girl at her school and was the first girl there to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award. After leaving school, she taught in Canada for one year, and then went to Newcastle University where she achieved a 2:1 degree in Politics and History. This was followed by a short spell as a trainee manager at Marks and Spencer plc, and three years as a recruitment consultant for Angela Mortimer plc in London. Following the North Pole expedition, she left London and completed a post-graduate degree in education. Victoria is now married and lives near Bath, her work is very varied; part time primary school teacher, public speaking coach, a trainer running personal development & team building courses and a motivational & after dinner speaker! She is also on the Black Country board of the Prince’s Trust and a governor of St Mary’s School, Wantage. When not working, she spends her time doing anything active whether it is competing in the London Marathon, skiing, gardening, riding or walking her dogs.