Thursday, March 9, 2017
She grew up in Somerset, as the youngest of five children. Her parents had a portfolio of businesses, including a cinema, caravan dealership, clothes shop and hair salon. Dad Ken joined the Palladium Cinema in Midsomer Norton as a rewind boy on the projectors in 1944, becoming owner in 1981. Mother Shirley has a British Empire Medal for years of volunteer work.
Ashley joined Peat Marwick Mitchell, later KPMG, as a consultant straight from Henley (first degree from Westminster). She's worked on transport, technology (two years in Silcon Valley) healthcare, and government (in Africa and the Caribbean) and spent four years on the company board. She came out as a lesbian in 2002, after enjoying time in San Francisco with her partner Angie, during a two year spell in Silicon Valley. She likes golf, holidays and art.
Her brother Duncan is an astro-physicist; in 1992 he named a minor planet he'd discovered after her: Ashleyess.