She was born in the Epping Forest District of Essex. She attended the independent Forest School (Walthamstow). She took her A levels when she was 16, then went to the University of Cambridge in 1988 one year early. She attended Newnham College, Cambridge, initially studying Maths, where she gained a first class degree. From 1990-1 she was the President of Cambridge University Students' Union.
She began her career at the NHS in 1991, becoming a manager from 1992-94 at Northwick Park Hospital, later working from 1992-94 at Hertfordshire Health Agency (in Welwyn Garden City), and from 1996-8 at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She led strategic consultancy projects across a range of industries at McKinsey & Company. She worked at the British Library from 2001 to 2005.
The National Archives
From 2005 to 2010 she was Chief Executive of the The National Archives, known as the Keeper of Public Records and Historic Manuscripts Commissioner. She was appointed on 17 October 2005, with her appointment announced in August 2005.
Financial Ombudsman Service
She married Dr Simon Chaplin in 2007; he is a medical historian. She was awarded the CBE in the 2010 New Year Honours.
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- Forest School
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Cambridge University Students' Union
1990 – 1991