Carol Worthington was educated at Nottingham Girls' High School and went on to gain a degree in biochemistry from the University of Oxford. She worked in the pharmaceutical industry for six years before becoming a secondary school teacher, faculty head in science and technology, and an Open University tutor for the MA (Ed.) course in technology.
She was an Ofsted Inspector for 20 years and is now an independent education consultant who has served on the Oxford Diocesan Education Board. She is a member of the Oxfordshire SACRE (Standing Advisory Committee for Religious Education) and works as a volunteer in the education service of Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford.
She lives in Oxfordshire, near her daughter, son and two grandchildren.