I call myself a consultant to the healthcare industry, specialising
in market research, information management and strategic planning,
now heading Zaicom Research Plus, a part of Zaicom International.
Born in London to itinerant Scottish parents, I am the eldest
of two children born to Bill & Nora Porch. I grew up in Dunfermline
before moving to Jamaica for 3 years, then returning to southern
England to complete my education as a biochemist.
I joined the pharmaceutical industry in 1978 and stayed in
the industry until 1996, spending 10 years in Basel, Switzerland.
There, I met lots of interesting people, several of whom will
be with us on The Day, and did a little work too! I then left
to work as an independent consultant for some years before
joining Zaicom full-time.
I enjoy music and play several instruments, although sadly
not often enough! I fly microlight aeroplanes and those who
know me will tell you I am ardently Scottish, enjoying national
dress, national culture and national drink (anytime, anyplace,
anywhere)! You will be able to meet my parents, sister and
both my children, Kathy and Jonathon at the wedding.
I am, for those who do not know, a Regional Sales Manager
in the pharmaceutical industry looking after 4 hospital and
4 GP reps whose territories cover Scotland, Ireland and the
North of England.
I was born in Merseyside (not saying when!), but grew up
in Northern Ireland. My Dad was an engineer from Lancashire
and my Mum a Nurse from Northern Ireland. I am the eldest
of the family, with three brothers (Donald, Roy and Mark)
and one sister (Morag).
Because Dad was an engineer we moved around N. Ireland a
lot, including a two year stint in India, ending up in Kent
where I finished my education and started work as a Secretary.
I spent two years in South Africa before returning to N. Ireland
to start a second career in the pharmaceutical industry.
Along the way I have collected two sons (Derek and Wayne)
who are both at University, and sadly lost a much loved father
in 1994. Mum now lives near Donald in Islandmagee, N. Ireland,
Roy in Canada, Morag in Leeds and Mark in Scotland.