Having trained as an art historian, she worked with Robert Baker from 1980 to 1984 at Wells Cathedral and Iffley Church. In 1984 she was awarded an ICCROM fellowship at the Bonn conservation workshops where she specialised in the conservation of polychrome sculpture and the development and application of stone consolidants alongside lime based materials and techniques. She was a founder member of the UKIC stone section committee in 1986 responsible for technical days. In 1984 she was a founding member of the Nimbus Conservation Group and a director until 1996. From 1996 to 2008 she was a partner in Strachey and Strachey Conservation. She is a CPD reader for PACR accreditation and currently lectures at the AA and Bath University.