Mayor of Carlisle 2021-22
Councillor Pam Birks was born and educated in Carlisle, attending Bishop Goodwin and St Aidan’s.
She has been married to her husband Paul for 15 years, and they both live in servitude to their west highland terrier Molly.
On leaving school she went to Leeds and qualified as a nurse and specialised in Hepatology at the Professorial unit of St James’s, Leeds.
During her nursing career she undertook a secondment to Texas A&M university to look at genetic engineering for liver disease.
Following nursing, she worked for Impact Housing Association in Carlisle and then Riverside Housing.
She was instrumental in setting up the Cumbria wide Homelessness Forum and the Carlisle Domestic Violence Forum.
She has been Chair of Business and Transformation and has served on various other committees.
She is a Trustee and vice chair of Mitre Housing Association and has been a Trustee for a range of other organisations.
Over the years she has raised money for homelessness and domestic violence charities and Mencap.