Born and educated in Switzerland, Iris moved to Cambridge as a student in the mid-seventies and has happily remained, apart from a couple of periods in the USA and extensive holidays in Europe and further afield. Her husband and two grown-up children are equally keen travellers.
Iris has a degree in Latin and English and has worked for many years in the administration of the University of Cambridge and also as a freelance translator, copy-editor and language teacher. The copy-editing past turned her into a real-life bore who spots (and points out) everyone else's typos - her own she cannot see, of course.
Always interested in politics, listening to Radio 4 and the World Service as if her life depended on it, she woke up to the news of the Referendum result with the same shock as most of her friends and 48% of the country. It was then that she joined the Liberal Democrats and, more recently, Cambridge Stays. It seemed impossible to be inactive in the face of what sometimes looks like an impending disaster.