Catriona has lived in the Tay region all her life. She graduated in Textile Technology and Business Studies with Honours from the University of Leeds in 1977. She worked in a light engineering company in Dundee until 1997.
Since then she has worked part time in pastoral care in a school boarding house. Hobbies are long distance horse riding, skiing, bird watching and all things "nature". Catriona's family life has featured largely; there are four children now grown up, with the last one still at university, and her husband to consider.