Brigid’s CV is such a hotch-potch of unrelated jobs and qualifications that she may be justly described as “infinitely versatile” or, less favourably, as “hard to place”, depending on your point of view!
After leaving school at 16, Brigid attended Winkfield Place, a Cordon-Bleu college founded by Constance Spry and Rosemary Hume, whose motto was “I aspire after perfection”! Unconvinced by the promise of jobs in cold Scottish shooting lodges with no running water or electricity (hence the absence of labour-saving appliances in Winkfield’s kitchens), Brigid focused her efforts on dressmaking and floristry.
Brigid’s first job was as a junior showroom assistant at Bellville Sassoon, the designers responsible for the Princess of Wales’ ‘going away’ outfit. During the years she spent there, Brigid gained valuable experience both front-of-house and behind the scenes in the workroom, where she learned couture sewing techniques from some of the best seamstresses in the business.
The death of her father provoked a change of direction, and Brigid joined society florists, Pugh & Carr, in London’s Gloucester Road. Here, she was able to indulge her artistic talents, creating everything from showy floral decorations to delicate wedding bouquets (two of which were featured in Brides Magazine).
There followed a series of administrative jobs in shipping, marketing and communications, while Brigid studied for a degree, which precipitated a move into IT and project management.
Brigid took to motorcycling in 1990, after a transport strike in 1989 brought London to a standstill. Since then, Brigid and John have toured extensively in the United States and Europe (including the Moscow to Moscow ride), clocking up well over 100,000km between them.
Brigid is an Open University graduate with a degree in IT and computing and is a CELTA-qualified teacher of English as a foreign language. She and John are now based in the West of Ireland, where she has opened her own dressmaking studio.
You can contact Brigid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edited 31st August 2014