Caroline was born in South London and attended Streatham Hill & Clapham High School (GPDST). Although never a cadet, she was a keen member of the Guide Association, taking part in many camps, overnight exercises and particularly climbing and kayaking. She also took part in a British Schools Exploring Society’s expedition to Northern Norway where she began ice climbing.
She studied for a degree in Biological Sciences at Plymouth specializing in Marine and Fish Biology. Here she continued climbing and also joined the sea canoeing and sailing clubs. Lasting 6 weeks on a teacher training course before she got bored she went on to study for a second degree in Estate Management in order to become a Chartered Surveyor, firstly involved with Industrial Acquisition then moving to work as the Assistant Estates and Valuation Officer for Caradon District Council.
After a career break to have two children, Caroline gained a PGCE from the College of St Mark & St John in Plymouth before teaching Physics and Biology at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School in Dover. Joining the CCF she instructed the Advanced Infantry Cadre then attended the Adult Signals Instructor courses at Blandford which led to the reforming of the Signal Platoon at the school. She became Contingent Commander in 2009 before leaving to teach at Woldingham School in Surrey although she remains on the strength of DYRMS CCF.
Caroline joined the team in 2003 first as an instructor and later as 2IC. She particularly enjoys the Rolling Thunder competitions as a chance to meet up with adults and cadets from previous courses. In 2012, Caroline assumed responsibility for TDT within the Training Team.