Victoria originally trained and worked as a furniture designer. After several years designing and making bespoke frilly foibles for bemused clients, she realised the time had come to get a suit and a proper job. Her career followed an eclectic path. Many years at the Abbey as a head of communications, was followed by a period of self-reflection on a mountain top in Provence. This led to two children and a sideways move into the voluntary sector, working at Macmillan Cancer Relief and later as a director of Cancer Research UK.
As chief executive of the Garden Museum, despite her dismal but heroic lack of horticultural knowledge and fondness for kitten heels, Victoria succeeded in overseeing a dramatic overhaul of the museum, dragging exhausted trustees, staff and volunteers in her enthusiastic wake.
Lately, Victoria has gone back to her flouncy creative roots, designing a lingerie collection and interiors for anyone with a sense of humour. Victoria lives in London, with her architect partner, son and two pampered poodles.